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Blood serum from newborn cattle is a key ingredient in biological research, such as the development of vaccines, and is widely available for import.
Data from the animal trials of Covaxin, India's first indigenous Covid vaccine candidate being developed by Bharat Biotech and ICMR, is yet to be peer-reviewed.
India has the potential to play a key role in overcoming vaccine nationalism because it is the major supplier of medicines to the global south.
Intradermal vaccine delivery, if proven effective, could make Covaxin shots cheaper since they require a lesser amount of vaccine, which also means more people can get vaccinated.
Twelve trial sites are testing the ICMR-Bharat Biotech-developed Covid vaccine candidate. Last month, ICMR spurred controversy by setting a 15 Aug-deadline for finishing trial.
The $1 Rotavac may be its crowning glory but Bharat Biotech has a diverse repertoire that includes BioHib, India’s only indigenously developed influenza vaccine.
Dr Dangs Lab in South Delhi is already receiving samples samples from all 12 trial sites across the country for screening and safety testing.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said the trials have begun at Rohtak's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, and the first 3 subjects have 'tolerated' the vaccine well.
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Dr Balram Bhargava’s letter expediting Covid vaccine trials was slammed, but current & ex-colleagues highlight both his ‘impetuosity’ & ‘impeccable integrity’.
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