Big news in the development of Coronavirus vaccine
In an official statement, ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava stated that ICMR aims to launch the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by August 15.
In a letter to the institutes that will be involved in the trails of the vaccine, ICMR has said
“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 derived from the strain of SARS-CoV2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are jointly working for the preclinical as well as clinical development of the vaccine. 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 final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project. You have been chosen as a clinical trial site of the BBV152 COVID Vaccine. In view of the public health emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic and urgency to launch the vaccine, you are strictly advised to fast track all approvals related to initiation of the Clinical trial and ensure that the subject enrollment is initiated no later than 7th July 2020.”
The ICMR also asked the institutes to comply with the order, “Kindly note that non-compliance will be viewed very seriously. Therefore, you are advised to treat this project on the highest priority and meet the given timelines without any lapse.”