First corona vaccine from Hyd on August 15!

The city of Hyderabad is set to achieve yet another distinciton not only in India but also in the entire world.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech company will create history by launching first corona vaccine in India on August 15, on the occasion of Independence Day.

Bharat Biotech will also be probably the first company in the world to launch corona vaccine by August 15, 2020.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has fixed a deadline of August 15 for Bharat Biotech to launch the first corona vaccine "Covaxin". At present, the clinical trials are going on.

The institutes selected for conducting clinical trials are located in Visakhapatnam, Rohtak, New Delhi, Patna, Belgaum (Karnataka), Nagpur, Gorakhpur, Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu), Hyderabad, Arya Nagar, Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Goa.

A dozen institutes have been selected for clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine).

The institutes have been asked by the ICMR to step up clinical trials as it is a "priority project" monitored at the topmost level of the government.

ICMR has dashed off a letter to these institutes on Friday, July 3, 2020 to speed up clinical trials to ensure commercial launch of covid vaccine by August 15.

"The vaccine is derived from a strain of SARS-CoV-2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are jointly working for the pre-clinical as well as clinical development of this vaccine," the ICMR said in a letter to the institutes.

The ICMR talked about plans to launch the vaccine for public health use by August 15, Independence Day.

"It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials," it said..    

The final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project, the ICMR told the institutes, advising them to speed up approvals related to clinical trials and ensure that subjects are enrolled starting this week.

"Non-compliance will be viewed very seriously. Therefore, you are advised to treat this project on highest priority and meet the given timelines without any lapse," said ICMR's letter.