The Section 1 human medical trials of two Covid-19 vaccine candidates developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and Zydus Cadila Ltd have been accomplished and the trials have moved to Section 2, ICMR Director Common Balram Bhargava stated on Tuesday.
Addressing a press briefing, he stated as soon as a secure and efficient vaccine is developed, the main focus must be on prioritisation and its truthful distribution, roll-out and chilly chain logistics, stockpiling and coaching of people that can be administering the vaccine.
There are about 141 candidates which can be being studied worldover and 26 are in several phases of medical trials, he stated.
“At present second, there are three vaccines that are in several phases of medical testing in India. The primary one is the inactivated virus vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech which has accomplished its Section 1 research in 11 websites and has began its Section 2 research. Section 1 and a couple of are security and really early efficacy research.
“Equally Zydus Cadila’s DNA vaccine has additionally accomplished Section 1 research in 11 websites and began its Section 2 trials which can also be progressing. Recombinant Oxford vaccine to be manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Pune was given approval yesterday for Section 2 and three medical trials which might begin inside per week at 17 websites,” Bhargava stated on the briefing.
Underlining the urgency for the necessity of a vaccine, the ICMR official stated although the pandemic is progressing quickly, growing a vaccine takes time “not solely from the science side, but additionally from the social, cultural and regulatory points”.
He, nonetheless, emphasised that until a secure and efficient vaccine turns into out there, sustained behavioural change, bodily distancing, sporting masks and correct hand hygiene, might be the perfect vaccine out there for the time being, and even these measures need to be continued completely.