Coronavirus update: ICMR sets Aug 15 date for COVID-19 vaccine launch

By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 03 July 2020
India sets August 15 launch date for COVID-19 vaccine. Photo:

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said “it is envisaged to launch” an indigeneous vaccine for the novel coronavirus diseaes (COVID-19) by August 15, 2020. 

  • ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava wrote in a letter that the Council has partnered Bharat Biotech International Ltd to fast track clinical trials of the ‘BBV152 COVID vaccine’.  
  • The two organisations were jointly working for the preclinical and clinical development of the vaccine, he said.
  • The vaccine is derived from a SARS-CoV-2 strain isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune, according to Bhargava’s letter.
  • The letter was sent to the heads of the following institutes selected as clinical trial sites of the vaccine:
  • King George Hospital, Vishakhapatnam
  • University of Health Sciences, Rohtak
  • All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • AIIMS, Phulwarisharif
  • Jeevan Rekha Hospital, Belagavi
  • Gillurkar Multispecialty Hospital, Nagpur
  • Rana Hospital Pvt Ltd, Gorakhpur
  • SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Kattankulathur (Chengalpattu district)
  • Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Gangadhar Sahoo / E Venkata Rao (of Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital), Bhubaneswar
  • Prakhar Hospital Pvt Ltd, Kanpur
  • Consultant physicial Sagar Vivek Redkar, Pernem (Goa) 

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