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COVID19: Three Indian Vaccines In Different Phases Of Clinical Testing Says ICMR

Mumbai: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reported on Tuesday that there are three Indian COVID-19 vaccines in the country which are in various stages of clinical trials.

Dr. Balaram Bhargava, DG, ICMR while addressing a press conference here said,” Currently, we have three Indian vaccines which are in various stages of clinical trials. 2 vaccines – Bharat Biotech Vaccine and Zydus Cadila have completed phase 1 and will begin phase 2 while third is Oxford vaccine.”

“The Oxford vaccine, which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), has been approved for Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, starting at 17 sites within a week,” he said. 

However, Dr. Bhargava said that social disturbances and proper sanitation are the best “vaccines” available right now and beyond.

“Body distance, wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene is the best vaccines available at this time and even beyond. We have to continue these measures,” he said.

A one-day spike of 52,050 COVID-19 cases was observed in India as the total number of cases in the country reached 18,55,746 on Tuesday.

The number of cured/discharged/migrated patients stands at 12,30,510 and 38,938 persons have died, the Health Ministry added.

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