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India plans to launch first COVID-19 vaccine by August 15

Friday, July 3, 2020
India plans to launch first COVID-19 vaccine by August 15

The Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR) plans to launch indigenous vaccine for COVID-19 by August 15 after the completion of the clinical trials.

It has selected 13 institutions across the country for clinical trials and asked them to initiate subject enrollment by July 7.

ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, in a letter to the heads of the selected institutions, informed them that it has partnered with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to fast-track clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine).

It noted that this is the first indigenous vaccine being developed by India and is one of the top priority projects which is being monitored at the topmost level of the government. "The vaccine is being derived from a strain of SARS-CoV-2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are jointly working for the preclinical as well as clinical development of this vaccine," he wrote.

"It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however the final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," reads the letter dated July 2.

Informing the institutions of their selection as clinical trials sites for the vaccine, the IMCR director general strictly advised them to fast track all approvals related to initiation of the clinical trial and ensure that the subject enrollment is initiated no later July 7, 2020.

"Kindly note that non-compliance will be viewed very seriously. Therefore, you are advised to treat this project on highest priority and meet the given timelines without any lapse," he added.

The list of institutions involved in vaccine trials include Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and AIIMS Patna.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
what the whole world couldnt do still... India will do it in Aug 15.... Hats off to india... Now wait and watch how India GDP will rise from all the sale of vaccine...

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Joke of 2020, when the rest of the world is struggling to get treatment or vaccines. Our wonderful prime Minister will launch an overnight fake vaccine on 15th August with lot of drama and fanfare. On 16th they will stop production of the fake vaccine.
Nothing but drama for the gullible indian population who are used to beating plates and lighting dias to chase away corona.

Friday, July 3, 2020
So misleading article. The phase 1 human trials are about to start and the most critical phase 2 and phase 3 human trials still to complete, then how the vaccine be released by Aug 15th. As per the experts, if everything goes well as planned, the vaccine should be available in India by March 2021.

Friday, July 3, 2020
great news, proud of all Indian scientists.
and proud to be Indian

Friday, July 3, 2020
Good news for India and for the whole world. May God Bless all the Scientists.

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