‘India part of race to develop a vaccine’ 

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Principal Scientific Adviser says 30 ‘attempts’ on in the country, which is participating in global efforts 

  • There are nearly 30 “attempts” from India to develop vaccines. 
  • There are over a 100 vaccines being developed worldwide and at least 30 attempts in India.  
  • These include efforts where India is participating in global attempts and partnerships among Indian academia and industry.  

NIV initiative 

  • The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) announced a collaboration with the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Ltd. to develop a potential vaccine based on a SARS-CoV-2 strain isolated at the ICMR-National Institute of Virology in Pune. 
  • The Pune-based Serum Institute of India has tied up with Oxford University that is testing a vaccine using a weakened adenovirus (which causes common cold).  
  • Early trials have already been conducted, and the Serum Institute has said it is ready to start an initial run of production in June, without waiting for clearer results of the vaccine’s efficacy. 
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