Covid | 'Oxford vaccine's late stage trials to start in a week in India': ICMR
At present country has three Indian COVID-19 vaccines which are in different phases of clinical testing, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Balram Bhargava on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, he said, "At the present moment, we have three Indian vaccines which are in different phases of clinical testing.
The 2 vaccines- Bharat Biotech vaccine and DNA vaccine of Zydus Cadila have completed phase 1 and will begin phase 2 while third is Oxford vaccine." "Oxford vaccine, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) got approval for phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, which are starting within a week at 17 sites," he added.
Dr Bhargava, however, said that social distancing and proper hygiene are the best "vaccine" available now and even after.
"Physical Distancing, wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene are the best vaccine available at the moment and even after.
We will have to continue with these measures," he said.
India has so far recorded over 18 lakh cases and more than 38,900 deaths.
Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Balram Bhargava said three vaccine candidates are at different clinical trial stages in India. Covid-19 vaccine candidates being manufactured by Cadila Healthcare and Bharat Biotech have completed the first phase of the trial while the Serum Institute of India (SII) will begin with Phase 3 trial after getting the nod, Balram Bhargava, ICMR’s director general, said during the health ministry’s briefing.The Pune-based Serum Institute will conduct the Phase 3 trial on 1,500 volunteers across 14 locations, Bhargava added.
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Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, Balram Bhargava on September 15 informed about the COVID-19 vaccines trial stage in India. He said, Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed phase-I trials and Serum Institute has completed phase II-B3 trials, and will start phase-III trials after clearance. He said, "3 vaccines are at clinical trial stage in India. Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed phase-I trials. Serum Institute has completed phase II-B3 trials, and will start phase-III trial (with 1500 patients at 14 locations) after clearances."
Indian Council of Medical Research, Director General Dr. Balram Bhargava during Health Ministry's briefing on COVID-19 situation in India informed about the sero survey publication. Bhargava said, "ICMR sero survey is publication in-progress. It should appear by this week in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. It has been peer reviewed. The second national sero-survey should be completed in the first week September". On situation of COVID-19 vaccines in India, Balram Bhargava said, "Three COVID-19 vaccines are ahead in the race in India. Serum Institute's vaccine is in phase 2(B) and phase 3 trials and Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila's vaccines have completed phase 1 trial."
Indian Council of Medical Research, Director General Balram Bhargava when asked on who is diving the pandemic, said, "Irresponsible, less cautious people who are not wearing masks are driving the pandemic in India." He further reacted on re-infection of one case in Hong Kong. He said, "We have read report on re-infection of one case in Hong Kong. It can depend on several factors. It could be related to the patient's immune status, whether the virus has mutated. We need to closely follow it up, but at the same time we don't need to be alarmed".
As clinical trials of different COVID-19 vaccines are in various phases across the globe, an AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) doctor said that if everything goes as planned, people can expect a vaccine as early as the starting of next year. "Phase 2 clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine is underway in India with a good sample size of more than 600 motivated volunteers. Any vaccine will come by mid-next year, if everything goes as planned," Community Medicine Department head added. On the Sero-survey conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. Rai said the survey only shows the direction of infection while testing shows the actual number of infections.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India on September 18 reported single-day spike of 96,424 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 1,174 deaths in the same period, pushing the COVID-19 toll in the country to 84,372. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus are now 52,14,678 which include 10,17,754 active infections. More than 41,12,552 people have recovered from the deadly disease. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 10,06,615 samples were tested on September 17. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till September 17 are 6,15,72,343.
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