COVID-19 Vaccine Likely in First Trimester of Next Year, Online Portal Launched For All Related Information: Union Health Minister

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the first vaccine for novel coronavirus would likely be available in the first trimester of the upcoming year. Also Read – Clinical Trial of Ayurvedic Remedy For COVID-19 Shows Groundbreaking Results

“Research to develop a vaccine is being done expeditiously. There are at least three viable candidates that are in the phase of clinical trials right now in the country. We are hopeful that within first quarter of 2021, it will be available,” he said. Also Read – COVID-19 Update: Third Wave of Coronavirus Coming Very Soon

The Union Minister also said an online portal has been launched that would provide all kinds of information about COVID-19 vaccine research and clinical trials.

“An online portal about COVID-19 vaccine has been launched. Everyone will be able to go online to that portal and look up all contemporary research-development and clinical trials related information. It will also provide information about other vaccinations provided in the country,” news agency ANI quoted Dr Harsh Vardhan as saying.

The Union Minister said these things while releasing the 100-year timeline history of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at its premises.

“Today is a historic day for ICMR. It’s an honour for me to release the 100-year timeline of the history of ICMR within its premises today. The contribution of scientists associated with it is commemorated and serves as an inspiration to upcoming scientists,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

He also hailed contribution of the institute and its wings in promoting health and nutrition in the country.

The Union Minister appreciated the research body’s efforts and said that it had risen to the occasion in view of the COVID-19 crisis and added that discussions were also held on the upcoming strategy.

(With inputs from ANI)

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