The letter issued from ICMR has asked the clinical trial institutions to fast-track the trials of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
The letter had proclaimed the timeline for the production of vaccines to the general public by August 15, 2020. It had strictly advised the institutions to fast track all the initiations of the clinical trial by July 7, 2020.
However, ICMR had released a press note on July 4, 2020, where it had mentioned that the letter delivered to the respected trial sites was not to hinder the vaccine process but only aimed at completing the trial phases at earliest. So that population-based trials could be initiated without delay.
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