Covid-19 vaccine: Health minister launches online portal, says first vaccine likely to be available by early 2021

28 September, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

Covid-19 Health & Environment

Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched an online portal on Covid-19 vaccine-related developments. The portal will carry contemporary research-development and clinical trials related i...

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that an online portal has been launched which will provide information regarding COVID-19 vaccine research, launch date, among other information.  “An online portal about COVID-19 vaccine has been launched. Everyone will be able to go online to that portal and look up all contemporary research-development and clinical trials related information. It will also provide information about other vaccinations provided in the country,” Dr Harsh Vardhan told ANI here.

He also said that the first vaccine would likely be available in the first trimester of the upcoming year. The Union Minister also released the 100-year timeline history of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at the premises of the institution.

“Today’s a historic day for ICMR. It’s an honour for me to release the 100-year timeline of the history of ICMR within its premises today. The contribution of scientists associated with it is commemorated and serves as an inspiration to upcoming scientists,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. The Union Health Minister said that it enlists contribution of the institute and its wings in promoting health and nutrition in the country.

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Hailing ICMR the Union Minister said that it has risen to the occassion in view of the COVID-19 crisis and added that discussions were also held on the upcoming strategy. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 60-lakh mark with a spike of 82,170 new cases and 1,039 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday.

As per the Ministry, India’s tally stands at 60,74,703 including 9,62,640 active cases. The number of cured and discharged or migrated patients is currently at 50,16,521, apart from 95,542 deaths due to the disease.

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