Serum-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine gets DCGI nod for human trials

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The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Monday has given approval to Serum Institute of India, Pune to conduct Phase II+III clinical trials of Oxford University-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine (COVISHIELD) in India.

This ministry of Health and Family Welfare asserted the decision will speed up the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As per the study design, each subject will be administered two doses four weeks apart (first dose on day one and second dose on day 29) following which the safety and immunogenicity will be assessed at predefined intervals,” an official said.

In the meantime, India continues to improve the Case Fatality Rate (CFR), and maintain its global position of having one of the lowest COVID fatalities rates. With a further fall, the current CFR touched 2.11% today.

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