ICMR says India fast-tracking processes to develop Covid-19 vaccine

New Delhi: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director general Balram Bhargava has said India is among many other countries like Russia, China, US and UK fast-tracking processes to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.

He said all the countries developing a vaccine are in touch with Indian companies because irrespective of where a vaccine is developed, India will play a key role in manufacturing it for the masses.

He said that it is moral duty to fast-track development of a vaccine but without compromising on the science, quality and ethics part of it.

“Any vaccine candidate developed and produced in any part of the world, will ultimately have to be scaled up by India or China because these are the two main producers. That is why every developed nation is in communication with India on vaccines,” he added.

Human clinical trials for a vaccine for COVID-19 has been initiated in the country with approximately 1,000 volunteers participating in the exercise for each of the two indigenously developed vaccine candidates, the ICMR said.


NT Bureau