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India’s research body partners Vaccine manufacturing company to develop Covid-19 vaccine

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NEW DELHI — India’s top health research body – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and a leading vaccine manufacturing company – Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) will develop an indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.

A statement issued by ICMR late Saturday evening said that the vaccine will be developed using the virus strain that has been isolated at ICMR-NIV, Pune.

The details of the virus strain have been successfully transferred from NIV to Hyderabad-based BBIL.

“ICMR and BBIL will seek fast-track approvals to expedite vaccine development, subsequent animal studies and clinical evaluation of the vaccine,” the research body said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in India Sunday reached 62,939 and the death toll rose to 2,109.

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