Volunteers needed for new Covid vaccine trial in Cornwall
Nov 20 2020
In the webinar titled "Changing Health Paradigm during and After Kovid", Harsh Vardhan said that the Kovid-19 vaccine will be available in the next few months and it is expected that 40-50 for 25-30 crore people by July-August next year.
Furthermore, it has been decided that different segments of society, such as senior citizens, health practitioners and people suffering from chronic diseases, will be prioritised for the vaccine that will be available in limited numbers during the ongoing winter season.
"We will publish further details on our deployment plans in due course".
The minister said, 'We have also initiated an integrated response system against COVID-19 and will also host clinical trials for all the major vaccines.
"Our scientists are well-ahead of others in terms of research around vaccine development".
"Potential Covid-19 vaccines could need to be delivered within a certain time period once they arrive at a site", the slide said.
"An enormous amount of planning has taken place to ensure our health service stands ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine", he said.
He said that anyone can avoid this deadly virus by taking small precautions like wearing a mask of good quality, maintaining social distance and cleaning hands.
The phase-3 trial of the Oxford vaccine of the Serum Institute is nearly near completion, while the phase-3 clinical trial of the indigenously-developed vaccine candidate of the Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has already started.
What are the vaccines now in the news?
At least 200 of those local volunteers are now needed to take part in the world's first Phase 3 study of the new Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. Also, Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have said their vaccine candidate was found to be more than 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.
NHS England medical director Stephen Powis confirmed today (Nov 18) that general practitioners (GPs), pharmacies and large-scale inoculation centres could all be involved in the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines. For example, the Oxford vaccine developed by SII requires storage at 2-8 degree celsius.
In the absence of trade names, the NHS uses codenames to refer to the two vaccine candidates that are expected to be the first available.
The onerous storage requirements of the Pfizer vaccine can be mitigated by dry ice and other temporary cooling solutions, said Anna Blakney, research fellow at Imperial College London.