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Coronavirus vaccine: ICMR says move to fast-track COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with global norms

ICMR had on July 2 asked Bharat Biotech in an internal communication to fast-track clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine.

July 06, 2020 / 12:41 PM IST

A day after asking Bharat Biotech to fast-track COVID-19 vaccine, ICMR on Saturday issued a clarification saying the process is in accordance with globally accepted norms.

ICMR had on July 2 asked Bharat Biotech in an internal communication to fast-track clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine.

In an official statement, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava had stated that ICMR envisages the launch of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by August 15. Bharat Biotech recently got a nod for the clinical trial of its vaccine - COVAXIN.

"ICMR’s process is exactly in accordance with globally accepted norms to fast-track the vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential wherein human and animal trials can continue in parallel," it said.