The new coronavirus vaccine, which is a nasal spray, will not be available in private hospitals. However, the Co-WIN platform will be modified on Friday to enable people to book shots immediately.
Bharat Biotech’s iNCOVACC brand will offer the dose as boosters to all adults. The decision on availability will mean that people will have to pay for it – no free doses will be available at government hospitals.
The official asked not to be identified, but said that the vaccine would not be provided free of charge at government vaccination centers.
Bharat Biotech is yet to disclose pricing for the dose. It will be administered twice per day, 28 days apart.
The Indian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), India’s technical expert committee on vaccination, recommended that the vaccine be administered as a precaution dose to adults on Thursday.
Researchers have long considered nasal vaccines to be a key breakthrough that will end the pandemic. These vaccines attack the mucous membrane of the nasal pathway where Sars-CoV-2 infects the body. The vaccine creates a protective layer of antibodies known as IgA antibodies that covers the membrane. This protects against infection.