Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine update: Checks for Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN underway, AIIMS awaits approval

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New Delhi | Updated: July 08, 2020 10:04 AM

Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine update today, news, status, progress, human trials: The chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Soumya Swaminathan has said that at least one COVID19 vaccine will be ready by 2021.

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Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine update today, news, status, progress, human trials: For the Human trials of India’s indigenous Covid19 vaccine COVAXIN, 12 hospitals were selecte. They will enrol participants this month, samples of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN are still undergoing quality and safety tests at a govt lab. Theses tests started last Friday and are expected to be finished by the end of next week. Three of the selected hospitals – Delhi’s AIIMS, Kancheepuram’s SRM Hospital and Research Centre and Vishakhapatnam’s King George Hospital are still awaiting ethics committee approvals to begin enrollment of participants for the study.

Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine by 2021, says WHO scientist! The chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Soumya Swaminathan has said that at least one COVID19 vaccine will be ready by 2021. Swaminathan said that she was hopeful of seeing one “safe and efficacious” COVID-19 vaccine by the next year. Swaminathan has revealed that WHO has been discussing methods for “fair distribution of the vaccine” with its member countries.

Meanwhile, Sinovac Biotech of China has started Phase III trials of its potential coronavirus vaccine in Brazil. So far, only the other two potential COVID-19 vaccine candidates have managed to reach the “late stages” of developing the COVID-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford’s probable COVID19 vaccine and China National Pharmaceutical Group’s (Sinopharm) probable COVID19 vaccine candidate have managed to reach the later stage. US-based Moderna is planning to start its late-stage trial for potential vaccine candidates in July.

Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine India

India is making significant progress in producing the probable Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine. Several institutions in India have been engaged in Research and Development for COVID-19 vaccines in the country. According to scientific inputs provided by institutions like Pune based ICMR institution National Institute of Virology and Hyderabad based CSIR institution Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, six Indian companies have been working on probable vaccine candidate for Coronavirus.

COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine Astrazeneca, Oxford

So far 11 out of 140 coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine candidates have entered the human trials phase in the world. As per the latest information, one of the leading candidates is AZD1222 developed by Jenner Institute of University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Cambridge, England. Another probable COVID-19 vaccine candidate is the MRNA-1273 vaccine developed by Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Washington, and taken up for production by the US-based Moderna pharmaceutical. However, both these firms have already signed an agreement with Indian manufacturers for the production of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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