India to have first Covid-19 vaccine by year end: Dr Harsh Vardhan

23 August, 2020 | Ojasvi Chauhan

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Covid-19 vaccine: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that India's first vaccine against the novel coronavirus could be available by end of this year.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday asserted that India’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus could be available by end of this year 2020. While inaugurating an NDRF 10-bedded makeshift hospital, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that one of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates was in the third phase of the clinical trial, they were very confident that a vaccine would be developed by the end of this year.

He further said that he was happy to have said that in the eighth month of the battle, India had the best recovery rate of 75 per cent, a total of 2.2 million patients had recovered and gone home and another seven lakh were going to be cured very soon.

Dr Harsh Vardhan added that they started with only one testing laboratory in Pune but they scaled up the diagnostic capabilities and strengthened the testing capacity.  He said that on the present-day, India had 1500 testing labs for COVID-19 and on Friday they tested over one million samples.

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