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News Snippets

  • India conducts a record 6.4 lakh coronavirus tests in a single day on Friday, 31st August
  • Fresh Covid cases top 57000 in India on Friday. More than 11 lakh cases reported in July
  • The US says that China's incursions in several countries were to see the world's reaction
  • The scheme calling for local manufacturing of mobile phones receives applications from Apple vendors like Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, along with Samsung and some Indian players
  • The Enforcement Directorate has started an investigation into money laundering in the Sushant Singh Rajput case after reports of missing funds from his accounts and the FIR in Patna
  • 38 persons were killed after consuming spurious liquor in Punjab's Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts
  • Mehbooba Mufti to spend three more months in detention as the J&K administration extends its order under the Public Safety Act
  • The J&K administration has released Sajad Lone, the chairman of J&K People's Conference after about a year in detention
  • The defence ministry has written to the CBFC to say that web series on the army must seek approval without knowing that the CBFC has no mandate to regulate such content
  • Google and Facebook will now have to pay to carry news from mainstream media in Australia, the first country to enact such a legislation
  • Centre says herd immunity cannot be a strategic option for a country with a huge population density like India
  • Sushant Singh Rajput's father and the Bihar government move the SC in order to prevent his ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty from getting the case transferred from Patna to Mumbai
  • ED seeks a copy of the FIR from Bihar police as rumours float about a Rs 15-crore illegal transaction in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case
  • Several Western Naval Command officers, including a captain, booked by the CBI in a Rs 7-crore fraud case
  • Hardik Shah, a 2010-batch IAS officer, is to be the next private secretary to the Prime Minister
Home Minister Amit Shah tests Covid+, admitted to hospital. He had attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday
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India Way Down In The Race For The Coronavirus Vaccine

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First publised on 2020-07-13 07:38:49

About the Author

Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.

About a week ago, ICMR had come under fire for issuing a directive to hospitals involved in conducting clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine that it is jointly developing with Bharat Biotech to "speed up" things so that the vaccine could be launched before August 15, 2020. It was pointed out that it was highly unethical for ICMR to use shortcuts in matters of public health. This magazine had published an article ("Shortcuts will not work for developing a vaccine for coronavirus" on July 6, 2020) that clearly pointed out that using shortcuts will be self-defeating.

Now the truth is out. The lead picture of this article is a graphic by India Today with data sourced from WHO which shows that India stands nowhere in the race for developing the vaccine and both the companies working on it are still in the Pre-Clinical Trial stage of the cycle. It takes a minimum of 9 months to progress from the first phase to the approval stage. The approval can then happen in a matter of days (which is most likely, considering the importance of a Covid-19 vaccine) or it can take months. In either case, a Covid-19 vaccine from India is not likely to be in the market before April 2021.

In today's world, with transparency in public matters and a glut of information from various sources, it is impossible to make exaggerated claims. ICMR should have known that sooner or later, the WHO would publish data on the progress of the development of the Covid-19 vaccine across the world and its bluff would be called out. It should have refrained from rushing things and should have presented a truer picture before the people.

Picture courtesy: India Today Group