Pfizer to Speed Up Vaccine Approval to India, CEO Says

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  • Pfizer says it is in discussions with the Indian government to come up with a pathway to speed up vaccine approval for the country
  • The company's chief executive officer Albert Bourla made the announcement Monday, a few weeks after the Indian government allowed fast-tracking  authorizations of COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by one of four foreign drug regulators - the US Food and Drug Administration, UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, and European Medicines Agency - or the World Health Organization
  • This comes as India battles a devastating second wave of the coronavirus infection
  • Pfizer was the first company to apply for an emergency authorization for its vaccine in India
  • In a statement on 23 April, Pfizer said it has offered to supply its vaccine to India at a "not-for-profit" price as part of plans to support India in its fight against the outbreak