Expert committee on Covid vaccine administration to meet tmrw

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New Delhi (NVI): The expert committee on Covid-19 vaccine administration under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member VK Paul will meet tomorrow, to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procurement and administration of the vaccine, the Union Health Ministry said today.

The committee on vaccine administration will also engage with all the stakeholders including state governments and vaccine manufacturers, the Ministry said.

In a Tweet, the Ministry wrote, “The Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration under the chairmanship of Dr V K Paul, NITI Aayog will meet on 12th August to consider logistics & ethical aspects of procurement & administration of COVID-19 vaccine.”

At present, there are three Indian COVID-19 vaccines in different phases of clinical human trials, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Out of them, two vaccine candidates of Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the ICMR and Zydus Cadila Ltd have completed Phase 1 clinical testing and will begin Phase 2 soon.

Meanwhile, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India has also been permitted to conduct Phase 2 and 3 human trials of the Oxford University developed vaccine candidate in the country.

India’s COVID-19 cases have crossed 22.6 lakh including 15,83,490 recoveries, while the death toll mounted to 45,257, the Ministry data shows.

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