Fear not, COVID vaccine may be available by early next year: Dr Sudhakar

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Bengaluru, Oct 27: Karnataka may have become the third most affected state by the COVID 19 pandemic in the country after Maharashtra and Kerala. But there is still hope. Now, State’s Health and Family Welfare as well as Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar says possibilities of getting vaccine against the pandemic are there by early next year.

“There are all possibilities to get COVID-19 vaccines in the beginning of 2021 itself,’’ Dr Sudhakar said in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The Minister was speaking in a press conference immediately after the meeting with the officials of Astra Zeneca Company, which is one of the companies involved in research and trial of COVID vaccines.

Astra Zeneca in collaboration with Serum Institute Pune has been conducting vaccine trials. It is also conducting trails in collaboration with Oxford University at global level.

First level trial was conducted successfully 56 days before. Second and third level trails will be conducted on 1600 people, the minister said.

“We have asked the company to conduct trails on more number of persons,’’ he said.

Dr Sudhakar said distribution of vaccine in the State was also discussed with Astra Zeneca.

The company projects to supply vaccines for 100 Crore people, minister said.

Anti-bodies were produced in 28 days during first level of trials. The trials were conducted on healthy persons who are not infected. Second and third level trials involve vaccinating the persons who were recovered from COVID infection.

“If the trials are successful we will be issuing vaccines in the State once the Central government approves it,’’ said the Minister.

Responding to a question on whether it is a coincidence that COVID situation has improved ever since he took charge as Health Minister, Dr Sudhakar said it was because of the efforts of our Corona warriors under the leadership of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa that the number of cases have decreased and deaths have come down.

The State Government is neither hiding nor providing any wrong information about COVID data. The World Health Organisation (WHO) itself has appreciated State Government's transparency in providing COVID statistics, minister explained.

Managing Director of Astra Zeneca Gagandeep Singh, Chairman of technical advisory committee Dr Sudarshan were present in the meeting.

The Minister mentioned that the Vaccine is still under trials. Hence pricing is not discussed. Astra Zeneca has said that they are not producing it for profit.

Technical committee will be formed in collaboration with Union Health Ministry and the distribution of vaccine will be discussed in the committee. Health workers and the persons with comorbidity will be vaccinated at the first level, he said.

COVID safety guidelines must be followed during the upcoming winter season of November, December and January, the Minister said pointing out that there should be no slackness in following the COVID norms of social distancing and wearing of masks.





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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 28 2020

    Some Idiots are offering COVID Vaccine in Election Manifesto ...

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  • Bharath jain, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 28 2020

    Vaccine is getting ready in his backyard don't worry there is enough for everyone please form a que one by one.........

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    By the time the vaccine arrives covid will disappear

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Please I kindly request all the ministers,concerned authorities don't give any false assurances about Covid vaccine.Some media says vaccine is available on 3rd November 2020,that too free to all citizens,some elected representatives are saying covid vaccine is available by the end of December,some are saying vaccine is in 3rd stage of experiment and now honourable minister Dr.Sudhakar says vaccine is available by early next year.Whom to be believed.Don't you think,this is all vote bank gimmick and fooling the people.
    But at the same time,nobody is bothered about the exorbitant bill amount of the private hospitals in the name of Covid-19 tests(Though no medicine is available for the corona treatment so far).Do you know how many poor families lost their bread winners in the name of covid-19 tests.Even if the people go to hospitals for common cold,fever,cough (all the names of commonly occurred diseases are forgotten by the hospitals now)Covid tests are must.When we question,it is as per health ministries guidelines and we are following the same.Patient party has to wait until tests results are coming after 24 hours later.Until that period,patient is kept in an isolation and even if the patient is dead without giving any proper treatment for what exactly the problem,hospitals are not bothered about the patients.May be patient is having some other problems other than covid,for which treatment is highly needed,which is not being given.Too ridiculous it is.
    Another funny thing is that if the covid test report is proved positive,then the case is gone.I don't say whether hospitals are following health ministry's guidelines or not,covid is indeed exists but instead of waiting for the test report to come,why can't they try to find out whether patient is having any other problem or not and start treatment for the same.
    Another funny thing is that if the patient is proved positive,no relatives are allowed to see him even with adequate precaution measure.No communication.

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  • Maria Sequiera, Shirva - Udupi

    Wed, Oct 28 2020

    Enough of blah . . . blah . . . blah . . . and blah . . . dear anti-Covid, wait, dear, your are not a competing party to it!!!!!

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Looks like for lucrative vaccine business or to controll humanity through high-tech vaccination this Chinese virus came out or released in the first place!

    Also Vaccine modifies one's DNA? There seems to be a lot of opposition in US, so are they pushing vaccine production and testing in India ?

    Following video detailed info on Covid Vaccine and recommendations by renowned Dr Christiane Northrop.


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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    at least one Minister talks sense...

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  • Rashad, Manipal

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Dr. Sudhakar...you won't get it (vaccine ) next to next year 2022

    None of the test were successful so far. Researcher were listed out the huge side effects of the current trials, but outcomes were very fearful. They haven't identified the cure for the side effects first...forget about the vaccine!

    Mask and social distances are only the cure!

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Without knowing please don't talk. Oxford vaccine had some mild side effects (headache, fever) which they have sorted out. With Oxfords vaccine none have got any serious side effects or have expired. Oxfords vaccine is looking the most promising. India has 3 vaccines 2 in 3rd phase and 1 in 2nd phase what do you mean by none have cleared tests? Vaccine making takes time vaccine might be ready by next year yes but the safe production will take even longer even tho India has the ability to make a lot in a single day.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Oct 27 2020

    Hoping virus will vanish from this earth winthin few months... Then we don't need vaccine... 💃💃💃

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