ICMR Clarifies After Experts Raise Concern Over Covid Vaccine Launch

Millennium Post Delhi|New Delhi 05July2020

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ICMR Clarifies After Experts Raise Concern Over Covid Vaccine Launch
‘Acting in accordance with globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine development; cut unnecessary red tape’

As experts cautioned against rushing the process for developing a COVID-19 vaccine after the ICMR stated it plans to launch it by August 15, the apex health research body on Saturday clarified that it is acting in accordance with the globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential.

ICMR in its clarification said that the letter by director general of ICMR Balram Bhargava to principal investigators of the clinical trial sites was meant to cut unnecessary red tape, without bypassing any necessary process, and speed up recruitment of participants.

However, the clarification letter has no mention of either the proposed launch date or start of the trial date.

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