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Marking “the Beginning of the end” !

Marking “the Beginning of the end” !

As India races to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, the government on Sunday said that the country is entering the human trial stage which “marks the beginning of the end” of the pandemic.

Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) in collaboration with the ICMR and the National Institute of Virology (NIV), had recently got the nod for human clinical trials from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

Talking about how Covaxin works, the ministry explained, “The Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN uses the virus isolated from an Indian patient by the National Institute of Virology to develop the inactivated virus vaccine.”

Separately, Zydus, which is part of Cadila Healthcare Ltd, said that it has also received approval from authorities to start human trials for its Covid-19 vaccine contender.

Globally, 11 out of the 140 vaccine candidates have entered the human trial phase.

“With the announcement of Covaxin and ZyCov-D Vaccine, the proverbial silver line in the dark clouds of Covid-19 appears at the horizon,” the ministry of Science and technology said today, adding that the nod given by the authorities for human trials marks the “beginning of the end”.

Underlining India’s role in global efforts to develop the vaccine, the ministry said, “In the past years, India has emerged as one of the significant vaccine manufacturing hubs. Indian manufacturers account for 60 per cent of vaccine supplies made to UNICEF.”

It added that regardless of which nation comes up with the Covid vaccine, they will have to depend on India for its ability for mass production.

Reference: Healthworld.com

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