No significant mutation of coronavirus in India: Health Minister

Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: No significant or drastic mutation in strains of SARS-CoV-2 has been found in India till now, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan has said.

During an interaction with his social media followers, he also said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been conducting large-scale sequencing of nationally representative strains collected over a few months and detailed results on mutations of the virus will be available in early October.

Harsh Vardhan has said more than four vaccines against the coronavirus disease, which has claimed the lives of nearly 87,000 people in India, are in advanced stages of pre-clinical trial in the country.

Harsh Vardhan said in Parliament on Sunday that the government is giving all necessary support for the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease in the country and that three vaccine candidates are in different phases of clinical trial.

“One hundred and forty-five vaccine candidates across the world are under pre-clinical evaluation, around 35 under clinical trials. In India, we gave all support to 30 vaccine candidates – three of these are in advanced trials of phases 1, 2, and 3. Over four in advanced stages of the pre-clinical trial,” he added.

 

NT Bureau