Has India found the COVID-19 vaccine? All you need to know

As per reports, The indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, covaxin, is set to be launched on August 15, Independence day of India. A dozen institutes have been selected for clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine), the government’s top medical research body has said.

The Indian Council of Medical Research had fast-tracked the effort to develop with collaboration with Bharat Biotech International Limited.

“The vaccine is 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,” the ICMR said in a letter to the institutes.

As per the latest development, the Drug Controller General of India has given approval for human trials.

Among the seven Indian firms working on developing a vaccine for coronavirus, Bharat Biotech International Limited was the first to get the regulatory nod to begin phase 1 and phase 2 human trials.

A lot of COVID-19 vaccines have been found but none of them were approved for commercial use and when the reports of the covaxin launching on August 15 started doing rounds, it created quite a buzz but nothing has been confirmed by the top officials.

Things you may want to know about the vaccine:
– Covaxin has been approved by the drug controller for human testing.

-The trials may begin from mid-July.

-Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology are in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited to develop the vaccine. -It was revealed through ICMR that the vaccine can be launched on August 15, 2020

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