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Soon, India Will Have Its Dedicated Vaccine Portal: Indian Council of Medical Research

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s top medical research body is working to create a vaccine portal, as a repository for all information related to vaccine development in India

Soon, India Will Have Its Dedicated Vaccine Portal: Indian Council of Medical Research
Highlights
  • The ICMR vaccine portal will be made public by the next week, said Dr Panda
  • Initially, the website will show data for COVID-19 vaccine: Dr Panda
  • Overtime, ICMR vaccine portal will provide data on all kinds of vaccines

New Delhi: In a first in India, the country’s top medical research body is working to create an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) vaccine portal, as a repository for all information related to vaccine development in India. The ICMR vaccine portal would be made public by the next week. In the first stage, the ICMR vaccine portal will reflect the information on COVID-19 vaccine in India. However, with time, the web portal will be strengthened with data available for all the vaccines used to prevent various diseases.

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People can get all the update for a vaccine in India under one roof. As of now, all the information is scattered. Therefore, after the directions from DG, we are working to develop this ICMR vaccine portal. Initially, the website will show data for COVID-19 vaccine. But, in further, we will update the website with information for other vaccines too as ICMR is an institute of bio-medical research, Dr Samiran Panda, Scientist G & head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases (ECD), Division at ICMR told ANI.

“The Central government along with the ICMR is making all best efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic. Wearing masks, hand-hygiene and social distancing are preventive measures but at the same time vaccine development is another important aspect which will be updated on the ICMR vaccine portal,” said Dr Panda.

Also Read: Status Of Various Candidate Vaccines For COVID-19 Presented Before Government: Health Ministry

The scientist added that the ICMR vaccine portal will be made public by the next week.

It may be noted that three COVID vaccine candidates are in India which are in different phases of the clinical study.

The first is–inactivated virus vaccine, which is the ‘Bharat Biotech Vaccine’, being developed in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Similarly, the second is a ‘DNA vaccine’ of pharma giant called Zydus Cadila.

Also Read: Once We Get Vaccine, COVID Warriors Will Be First Ones To Get Dose: Union Minister Of State For Health

The third is a ‘Recombinant Oxford University vaccine’ manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) got approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct phase 2 and phase 3 clinical study in the country.

According to the scientist, the ICMR vaccine portal will have sections like-COVID-19 vaccine, India’s initiative, International Symposium and FAQ for the general public (which would be presented in regional language).

The vaccine portal will also fetch the information related to COVID-19 vaccine from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as available on their website.

So far, India has reported 29,75,702 coronavirus cases with 55,794 people died due to the infection. In the last 24 hours, the country has seen 69,878 cases and 945 deaths as per the Union Health Ministry data.

Also Read: Serum Institute Initiates Phase 2, 3 Clinical Study On 1,600 Volunteers For Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

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