The ICMR is expected to launch the first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by August 15, however there is confirmation if it will be ready by then.
However, experts have questioned how all three phases can be concluded within a month and a half. A vaccine usually goes through three stages of human trials. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has given approvals for phase I and II trials so far. According to details, BBIL in its application estimated phase I and II trials to take a year and three months. Emergency-use approval can be given if data from the first two trial phases is compelling enough. This would allow the launch without the third phase being conducted, but this approval would likely be given with riders to submit additional data and adverse event reports.
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