Indonesia seeking its own COVID-19 vaccine amid worry about access

Youths ride bicycles on the main road after the government eased restriction measures following the coronavirus disease outbreak

Youths ride bicycles on the main road after the government eased restriction measures following the coronavirus disease outbreak

The country's first made-in-India coronavirus vaccine may be launched by August 15, with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) fast-tracking efforts to develop "Covaxin" in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited.

"Phase two of the project's clinical trial is scheduled for August 2020", Ali said.

The project has started Phase III of the human trials to assess how the vaccine works in a large number of people over the age of 18, and how well the vaccine works to prevent people from becoming infected and unwell with Covid-19. Before that, the NIV had isolated the SARS-CoV-2 strain and passed it to the company.

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Bharat Biotech developed the inactivated vaccine at at its high-containment facility located in Genome Valley.

DCGI allowed Bharat Biotech to begin human clinical trials after the results generated from preclinical studies were found to be encouraging. They criticised the starting of a clinical trial with an end date instead of an end point and with efficacy seeming to be pre-decided by the premier medical research body.

The others in the race Scientists everywhere are racing to find a vaccine as early as possible. In fact, the registry details show that the phases are envisaged to be completed in 194 days or over 6 months.

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Everyone is aware of the huge potential of the market and the scale products can achieve if they can satisfy the demand, he said. China was among the countries to strongly condemn the move, raising it at worldwide forums including the U.N.


Zydus said, with its ZyCoV-D, it has successfully established the DNA vaccine platform in India using non-replicating and non-integrating plasmid carrying the gene of interest making it very safe.

Few, however, have been able to start their large-scale Phase 3 trials.

Globally, over 100 candidates are being tested on humans, but no vaccine has yet been approved.

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