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India gives final approval to AstraZeneca and local COVID vaccines

Country expected to start massive immunization program within weeks

A medic fills a syringe with COVAXIN, an Indian government-backed COVID-19 vaccine. India's drugs regulator on Jan. 3 granted approval for its emergency-use, but did not release efficacy data.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's drugs regulator on Sunday gave final approval for the emergency-use of two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other by local company Bharat Biotech.

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