A clinical study involving human volunteers in India for a vaccine for Covid-19 is currently underway in India, Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said Tuesday.
Two vaccine candidates in the fray were shortlisted after successful toxicity studies in animals. India’s Covid-18 tally on Tuesday was almost 8.8 lakh.
“There are 2 Indian indigenous candidate vaccines. They have undergone successful toxicity studies in rats, mice and rabbits. Data was submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India following which both these got clearance to start early phase human trials early this month,” Bhargava said at a briefing of the health ministry on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
“These candidates have got their sites ready and they are doing their clinical study on approximately 1,000 human volunteers each at different sites,” he said.
The ICMR head said countries such as the US, UK and Russia have also fast-tracked their vaccine candidates.
“Russia has fast-tracked a vaccine which has