Delhi resident first to get dose of indigenously-developed potential COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi, July 24

The phase-I human medical trial of India’s first indigenously-developed vaccine in opposition to novel coronavirus, Covaxin, started on the AIIMS right here on Friday with the primary dose of the injection given to a person in his 30s.

Already, over 3,500 volunteers have registered themselves for the trial at AIIMS since final Saturday, of whom the screening of at the very least 22 individuals is underway, stated Dr Sanjay Rai, Professor on the Centre for Community Medicine at AIIMS and the principal investigator of the research.

“The first volunteer, a resident of Delhi, was screened two days ago and all his health parameters were found to be within the normal range. He also does not have any co-morbid conditions.”

“The first dose of 0.5 ml intramuscular injection was given to him around 1.30 pm. No immediate side-effects have been observed so far. He was under observation for two hours and will be monitored for the next seven days,” Rai stated.

Few extra individuals can be given the vaccine on Saturday after their screening experiences come.

AIIMS-Delhi is among the many 12 websites chosen by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting section I and II randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled medical trials of Covaxin.

In section I, the vaccine can be examined on 375 volunteers and the utmost of 100 of them can be from AIIMS.         The second section would come with round 750 volunteers from all 12 websites collectively, Rai stated.

Phase I of the vaccine trial will likely be finished on wholesome individuals aged 18-55 years having no co-morbid circumstances. Women with no being pregnant will even be chosen to be part of the trial within the first section.

In the second section, 750 individuals will likely be recruited between 12-65 years, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria had stated.

Already, round 1,800 volunteers have registered themselves for the trial at AIIMS, he had stated.

“In the first phase we see the safety of the vaccine which is of primary importance and the dose range is also calculated,” he stated.

There are three formulations of the vaccine, and every topic will likely be given any one of many formulation in two doses two weeks aside.The first 50 will get the bottom power dose of the vaccine. If it’s discovered to be secure in them, then it will likely be given to a different 50 sufferers in excessive doses, acording to Rai.

COVID-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the ICMR and the National Institute of Virology (NIV), had lately received the nod for human medical trials from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). PTI


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