Coronavirus vaccine in India: Amid the race for coronavirus vaccine, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Balram Bhargava stated that three COVID-19 vaccines are at the clinical trial stage in India.
The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that more than four vaccines are in the advanced pre-clinical development stage.
Balram Bhargava also said that “Plasma therapy has been used for more than 100 years now in some form or the other for various virus infections. It is being used in COVID-19. Whether it helps or not is being studied.”
Here is the status of coronavirus vaccines in India?
Cadila completed Phase-I trials
Bharat Biotech also completed Phase-I trials
Serum Institute of India has completed Phase II-B3 trials. It will soon start Phase-III trial at 14 locations after clearances.
He further said that “India has also contributed internationally to randomized trial on 464 patients in 39 hospitals in 25 districts across 14 States and Union Territories and have shown that it does not reduce mortality or prevent progression from moderate to severe disease.”
“It’s still undergoing peer review. Once peer review happens & we get a full publication out, this data will be considered again by the National Task Force & joint monitoring group of Health Ministry, then a decision will be taken if we should continue with it,” he added.
Referring to other countries, he said that “US and countries of Europe had a peak, then they came down and there is a 2nd wave occurring there. We took learning from that. We distributed the curve in a way that we didn’t have many deaths. It was because we had an effective lockdown. We didn’t have a huge peak at all.”