Made-in-India COVID capsules to be cleared soon: Report

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Made-in-India COVID capsules to be cleared soon: Report (Image: Pixabay)
Made-in-India COVID capsules to be cleared soon: Report (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : Coronavirus vaccines are the only option in India till date to fight against the deadly virus, but it appears like an oral antiviral medicine for the treatment of moderate to mild COVID-19 cases will get permission for emergency use soon.

In an interview with NDTV, Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Chairman of the Covid Strategy Group, CSIR said that Merck drug Molnupiravir may get permission for emergency use in coming days. Another pill from Pfizer, Paxlovid, may take some more time, he added.  

He claimed that these tablets will make all the difference "as we move from pandemic to endemic."

Calling the drugs the "final nail in the coffin of the virus by science", he said, "I think Molnupiravir will be already available to us. Five companies are sitting with the drug manufacturer... I think any day we will have approval of Molnupiravir".

Data for Molnupiravir has been "sitting with the regulator" here before the UK regulator's approval, he said. "So already SECs are looking at it. And I think they will they will get faster approval now. And therefore, it would it be safe to say that within the next one month, there would be a decision on approval for the Merck drug".

Talking about the cost of the medicine, he said, initially it may cost between Rs 2000 – Rs 4000, later the cost may get reduced to Rs 500 – Rs 1000.