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Science ministry says COVID-19 vaccine unlikely before 2021, but retracts later

The Science and Technology ministry edited a press release to remove a sentence that suggested a vaccine against COVID-19 is "unlikely to be ready for mass use before 2021".

July 06, 2020 / 09:52 PM IST

The Union Ministry of Science and Technology on July 5 retracted its statement suggesting a COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be ready for mass use before 2021, moments after it was published on the Press Information Bureau (PIB) website.

The ministry edited a release on the 'Indigenous Indian Covid-19 vaccines in the global race to end the pandemic' by Dr TV Venkateswaran on the PIB website.

Before being edited, the statement stated that along with the two Indian vaccine candidates, Covaxin and ZyCov-D, 11 of the 140 candidates worldwide have entered the human trials stage and none of these is likely to be ready for mass use before 2021.

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