The statement comes after the country’s health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the pandemic will be brought under control in the next couple of months, fueling hopes that we might have an Indian vaccine soon enough.
PM Modi, too, in his Independence Day speech, announced that vaccine trials are at an advanced stage, much like the global competitors. As many as 3 vaccine trials- Covaxin, ZyCOV-D and Covishield (Oxford University- AstraZeneca vaccine trials conducted by Serum Institute of India) are happening in India.
Apart from this, there are also talks said to be happening with officials from Russia Development Investment Fund or RDIF, who is in charge of producing and marketing Russia’s COVID vaccine, Sputnik V globally. Early reports suggested that if the vaccine, which has been successfully registered for use is found to be safe, ICMR could consider granting emergency authorisation for vaccine delivery in India.
India’s position as a global vaccine producer could also see public inoculation happening fast. Talks of vaccine diplomacy are also being considered at a strategic level.
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