Over 30 Indian vaccines against Coronavirus are in different stages of development with a few going on to the trial stages, scientists have informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (5 May), reports Times of India.
Besides, four existing drugs are being repurposed for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, PM Modi was informed by the scientists during a meeting of the task force on ‘Corona Vaccine Development, Drug Discovery, Diagnosis, and Testing’.
“The PM took a detailed review of the current status of India’s efforts in vaccine development, drug discovery, diagnosis, and testing,” said an official statement.
PM Modi was informed that plant extracts and products were also being examined for general anti-viral properties.
Further, the development of new candidate drugs and molecules is also underway by linking the high-performance computational approaches with laboratory verification.
Taking note of the extraordinary coming together of academia, industry and government, combined with the speedy but efficient regulatory process, PM Modi said that such coordination and speed should be embedded into a standard operating procedure.
He emphasized that what is possible in a crisis should be a part of our routine way of scientific functioning, said the statement.
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