PUNE: The much-awaited national rollout of Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine — ZyCoV-D — is going to take two more weeks.

“Different batches of ZyCoV-D are currently undergoing a final round of quality checks at the country’s apex vaccine testing laboratory in Himachal Pradesh. If everything goes as per plan, the vaccine will be introduced in the country’s immunisation programme by October 15-20,” Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Centre’s Covid-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), told TOI on Sunday.

The three-dose, needle-free ZyCoV-D vaccine, manufactured by Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila, is the first vaccine in the country that has received emergency use authorization (EUA) for being administered to people aged 12 years and above. The vaccine is based on the plasmid DNA technology and follows a three-dose regimen with a 28-day gap between each dose.

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