Informing that the Comptroller General of Medicines of India has granted authorization for clinical trials of another candidate vaccine from India, Dr. VK Paul, a member of NITI Aayog (health), said on Tuesday that six vaccines are undergoing clinical trials in the country.
This week, the Comptroller General of Medicines of India granted authorization for clinical trials for another vaccine candidate from India. The company from Genoa, with the help of the Biotechnology Department of the research agency of the Government of India, developed a vaccine “, said Dr. Paul during a press conference here.
He said the technology used in it is the same as the Pfizer vaccine.
“Unlike the Pfizer vaccine or others, this vaccine – if it exists – will be able to be maintained under normal cold chain conditions, in a normal refrigerator. At the moment, six vaccines are undergoing clinical trials in this nation, ”said Dr. Paul.
NITI member Aayog expressed concern over the spread of Covid-19 amid ongoing farmers’ protests on the borders of the national capital. “We should take precautions, messages have been sent to (farmers) from the government. The process of democracy should continue, but we should also continue to follow the Covid-19 guidelines, ”he said.
Praising the states and territories of the Union that have recently peaked in the Covid-19 cases, Dr Paul said they were happy to see that Delhi had made progress.
“Congratulations to the Delhi government, as well as other governments that have done so well in contributing to such significant control in recent times. There are states where we still have concerns. We call on the government and the people of Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh to make every effort to bring the situation under control, “said Paul.
Speaking to the press conference, Secretary of the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare Rajesh Bhushan said the number of cases per million population in India continues to be among the lowest in the world.
“29,000 points will be used for the cold chain, 240 refrigerators, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators. All this equipment has already reached the state governments, “Bhushan said.
He said the number of COVID-19 cases in India is 7,178 per million population, while their overall average is 9,000. He also expressed concern about the adverse effects of immunization and suggested that the states and territories of the Union prepare for the same.
“Adverse events after immunization are a critical issue. When we undertake a universal immunization program, which has been carried out for decades, then some side effects are observed in children and pregnant women after vaccination, ”said Bhushan.
So we cannot deny the chances of an adverse event when vaccination against Covid begins. In countries where immunization has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events occurred on the very first day. So it is essential that states and UTs prepare for this as well, “he added.
This is because the total number of Covid-19 cases in India has reached 99.06.165, with 22,065 new cases and 254 new deaths, the Ministry of Health and Family Protection said earlier today. To date, a total of 1,43,709 people have died from the virus.