The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday that India is expected to have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020 or quarter of 2021 and it will possibly come from different sources, the news agency ANI reported. He also said that strategies are being formulated by the expert groups to distribute the vaccine in different sectors of the country.
At a group of ministers meeting, Harsh Vardhan said the government is expecting that early next year the country will have the vaccine from maybe or more than one source. The expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of vaccines in the country, he added.
Corona vaccine expected by the end of 2020: WHO
Harsh Vardhan’s statement about the availability of vaccines comes a day after the WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday that a vaccine would be ready for registration by the end of this year or early next year at the earliest.
The chief scientist told the media that40 coronavirus vaccine candidates are in some stage of clinical trials, and 10 of them are in the phase three or late-stage trials, which will tell the WHO about both the safety and efficacy. She said considering when the trial started and when it is likely to deliver enough data to submit to the regulators, the best the organisation could predict the arrival of the vaccine is by the earliest of December 2020 to the initial months of 2021.
When asked about the number of vaccines, the Health Minister said that considering the population of the country, , India may have to tie up with more than one vaccine manufacturer to ensure that everyone is able to access the vaccine. While many countries have scrambled to develop a coronavirus vaccine, none of them have passed the WHO-approved phase 3 trials so far, he added.