ICMR, Bharat Biotech join hands to release first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine by August 15


Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi

New Delhi, Jul 3: As coronavirus continues to strengthen its grip on the world, countries across the globe including India are ramping up their efforts in creating the vaccine. To make sure the vaccine is a reality in the immediate future, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) have joined forces.

It is very likely that Bharat Biotech and ICMR could launch the indigenous vaccine Covaxin by August 15 for the public.

The apex biomedical research body in India, ICMR expects to launch the COVID vaccine by August 15 upon completion of clinical trials. In order to fast track the process, ICMR has written to all stockholders to treat it as a top priority.

ICMR has developed the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine) partnered with BBIL. The ICMR has selected 12 institutes for a clinical trial of the country's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, an official had said on Thursday, Jul 2.

In a letter to the selected institute where the clinical trial is to be done, the ICMR also informed that it is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by August 15, 2020, after completion of all clinical trials, a news agency PTI stated in its report.

The 12 institutes have been asked by the ICMR to speed up the clinical trials of the vaccine as it is one of the top priority projects that is being monitored at the topmost level of the government.

BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, the final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project, the ICMR told the selected institutes.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech successfully developed Covaxin in collaboration with the ICMR and National Institute of Virology (NIV). The SARS-CoV-2 strain was isolated in NIV, Pune and transferred to Bharat Biotech.

The indigenous inactivated vaccine was developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) High Containment facility located in Genome Valley, Hyderabad, India.

The Drug Controller General of India - Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had granted permission to initiate Phase I and II of Human clinical trials after the company submitted results generated from preclinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response.

 

  

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  • smr, Karkala

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    On 73rd Independence Day PM Modi's independence day speech has announced investment of Rs 100 Lakh Crore In Infrastructure package.

    For 2020 speech the script seems already included announcement of 'Covid'19' drug inorder to invigorate from the failure to handle the migrant crisis and there by economy fall and Chinese incursion.

    The timing of the drug launch without any clinical trail result is just like Baba Ramdev another version.

    There are more than 200 companies are in the race to produce the medicine and still only few among them has reached human trials.
    https://milken-institute-covid-19-tracker.webflow.io/

    As per the listing ICMR has no tie Bharat Biotech.

    Jai Hind!

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  • Thousif, Mangalore, bolar

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    What is gng on without Human trail they are releaseing it.They think we Indian are fools.. Thse is just jumla of modi to say we did bla bla bla . Let our prime minister take first Dose then make fools to bhakt.

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  • Taranath Kotian, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    I guess if the same news about launch of vaccine for Covid- 19 would have been published by any international pharma company , we would have been overjoyed and excited .
    Lets take pride in our Indian pharma company and wish success of this vaccine . After all the success of this vaccine will help the entire world and mankind at large.
    Wishing all the best to the entire team of Researchers / Doctors and all other agencies and people involved in making this vaccine

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    ICMR wants to take credit for work done by BBIL. The target date is absurd and simply unachievable. These chaps could not not even approve advanced test labs for COVID at speed, what clinical trials will ICMR do? If shooting off a threarening letter to the hospitals will achieve results, life will be so easy. Ban deaths by diktat!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Very good news.A vaccine will solve most of the fears related to Corona.Preference should be given to those at risk and those who have comorbidities.For the poor it should be free and for the others some subsidy (according to the income) provided from PM CARES fund, if the vaccine is costly

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    ICMR wants "to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by August 15, 2020" - report.

    This sounds like a political statement.

    Real science does not go by product launch dates...

    ...instead it goes by comprehensive, multi-phase, clinical trials that prove the product's efficacy and safety.

    So far as I know, ICMR is just a committee of some (not all) people from the medical background...

    ...but ICMR is not a lab. They have no created a vaccine before.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Feel you've not read the article on DW fully as you're hurry to blame ICMR in negative way looks like (and further on whom we all understand coming from frustrations).
    Anyways one point you're making is right, ICMR is only a body of medical professionals or representatives. However development, research and manufacturing of this vaccine is by Bharat Biotech, a well reputed pharma which you may google to research further.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) must remain completely independent from a pharma company.

    The Government, and the public, rely on the advise from ICMR as a non-commercial, neutral, body.

    How can then ICMR join forces with a pharma company (even if it is Government owned)?

    By joining forces with a pharma company, and then giving politically suited deadlines, ICMR will be compromising on public health.

    If eventually 100s of 1000s get kidney failures, who will blame who?

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    In this case of vaccine development only pre- clinical trials have been completed. After this they have to take clinical trials - Pase I, Phase II and Phase III where healthy human beings are injected with the vaccine to study the efficacy. The phase wise cannot go simultaneously. Then how it is possible to release the vaccine on August 15 without even enrolling the humans for Phase I trial on this day? Is it a case of putting the cart before the horse?

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    All is fair in love and war.We are at war with Corona, some trials can be fast tracked and some dropped if we want to win the war.We have to imagine that China has launched a Corona missile ,we should not wait-just shoot it down!

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    This vaccine is being released without any data on human trials ( phase 3 ) . Better to be cautious before taking or recommending to others

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Wonder what our conspiracy theory specialist has to say on this?, Any nanochip...

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  • AY, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Well, this world is evil....

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  • AY, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Conspiracy or not, you cannot deny this fact and there are definitely a lot of evil and cunning people in this world.
    Greed, fame, wealth, power can make a person do anything.
    What makes you think that the ones in power and the elites and the media are good? If we follow others like sheep then we might never know the reality.
    People should do some research (presumably from unbiased/independent media if there any) before believing anybody.
    Conspiracy theories will keep coming as long as "bad" people exist and when things are hidden from them. Sometimes, the truth can be mixed up with conspiracy theories.

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  • Sp, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Conspiracy theorists believe in conspiracy because it is more comforting. The truth is that the world is far more complex than conspiracy theories. The truth is not the illuminati or the free masons etc. The reality is far more frightening. The world is far more chaotic.

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  • Anticorrupt, Mangalore/ Kuwait

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Forget conspiracy theories. Think logically of the chain of events. Connected the dots and you have the answer.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Results of all the clinical trials should be brought into the public domain before it is cleared for use in India.

    Release of the Vaccine on 15 August gives rise to the speculation that this is more to do with Headlines Management(BJP Style) for the Republic Day.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    anthony, Mangalore
    We know what happened to Baba Ramdev ...

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  • Edward, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Hope this is not Baba Ramdev like another announcement for public consumption.

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  • Neri, Neerude

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Mr antony August 15 is not a republic day its our national independence day for your information

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Independence Day gift to India ...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Jossey sir,
    I think our PM wants to release that on Independence Day from Red Fort.

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  • Tennyson, Mangalore- Dubai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Let our Prime Minster take first Dose. It will build up confidence of Janata.

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