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Coronavirus vaccine update: Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN could be launched by February


New Delhi, Nov 05: An India-made COVID-19 vaccine could be launched as early as February - months earlier than expected - as last-stage trials begin this month.

"The vaccine has shown good efficacy," senior ICMR scientist Rajni Kant, who is also a member of its COVID-19 task-force, was quoted saying by Rueters.

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"It is expected that by the beginning of next year, February or March, something would be available," he added.

If launched on time, COVAXIN would be the first India-made vaccine to be rolled out.

Covaxin is being developed byBharatBiotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV).

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The city-based vaccine maker had on October 2 sought the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI)''s permission to conduct Phase 3 randomised double-blind placebo-controlled multi centre trial of its COVID-19 vaccine.

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    In July, the DCGI had given permission to Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine.

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