4 Indian Covid-19 vaccines to begin human trials soon


Team Udayavani, May 31, 2020, 11:00 AM IST

There are more than 100 potential vaccines in different stages of development to combat the novel coronavirus. Now, India’s four Covid-19 vaccine candidates expected to begin human trials very soon.

Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, the country’s nodal agency for Covid-19 vaccine development, said, “There are at present 14 Indian vaccine candidates at different stages of progress. Four industry-led initiatives are at advanced stages of development and will, hopefully, enter phase I clinical trial stage in next three to six months”

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said, “Four out of the 14 Covid-19 vaccine candidates from India may enter the clinical trial stage in the next three-five months”

Also, The Department of Biotechnology has been made a central coordination agency to identify pathways for vaccine development in the country.

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