COVID-19 immunization dispatch by Aug 15 unfeasible, ICMR pummeled for raising ‘unreasonable expectation and desires’

COVID-19 immunization dispatch by Aug 15 unfeasible, ICMR pummeled for raising ‘unreasonable expectation and desires’


  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

  • Source: PTI

  • Date: 05 Jul,2020

Terming it”unfeasible”, the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) slammed in the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on July 5 to its claims that an native vaccine contrary to the novel coronavirus will be started by August 15, following completion of clinical trials.
Both are collectively developing a disease against SARS-CoV-2the virus that causes COVID-19.
The very best science magician stated that this timeline has”raised false expectations and hope from the minds of their citizens”.
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“Even though there’s an unquestioned urgent requirement, vaccine development for usage in humans necessitates clinically implemented clinical trials in a phased manner. These trials involve appraisal of safety (Phase 1 trial), efficacy and negative effects at different dose levels (Stage 2 trial) and confirmation of efficacy and safety at thousands of healthy people (Phase 3 trial) before its release for general usage,” IASc said in an announcement.
The research included that clinical trials of a vaccine candidate necessitates involvement of human volunteers and, for that reason,”many regulatory and ethical approvals need to be obtained before the initiation of those trials.”
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While approvals can be expedited, the scientific methods of experimentation and data collection”have an all natural span of time that cannot be hastened without undermining standards of scientific rigour”, IASc stated.
On July 4, ICMR issued a clarification saying the process was in accordance with globally accepted criteria. The medical jurisdiction asked Bharat Biotech in an internal communicating on July two to fast-track clinical trials of this native COVID-19 vaccine.
In an official announcement, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava had stated that ICMR envisages that the initiation of the native COVID-19 vaccine by August 1-5. Bharat Biotech recently obtained a nod to the clinical trial of its vaccine — COVAXIN.

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