Amid the Covid-19 pandemic raging across the world and taking lives, nations are racing to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus. While some countries have made more progress than others as Russia has already developed a vaccine and made a deal with several countries, India is also in the process of developing its own vaccine, conducting trials of international vaccines, as well as manufacturing them. To make things transparent with the public, the government has launched an online portal where all the information regarding Covid-19 vaccine in India will be provided.
Launching the online portal on Monday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan it will be updated with information regarding Covid-19 vaccine research, launch date, among other related things.
“Everyone will be able to go online to that portal and look up all contemporary research-development and clinical trials related information. It will also provide information about other vaccinations provided in the country,” Harsh Vardhan said.
The health minister also said that the first vaccine would likely be available in the first trimester of the upcoming year. The Union Minister also released the 100-year timeline history of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at the premises of the institution.
The portal will be available on the ICMR’s website and can be accessed from here.
“Today’s a historic day for ICMR. It’s an honour for me to release the 100-year timeline of the history of ICMR within its premises today. The contribution of scientists associated with it is commemorated and serves as an inspiration to upcoming scientists,” Harsh Vardhan said.
The health minister said that it enlists contribution of the institute and its wings in promoting health and nutrition in the country. Hailing the ICMR, Harsh Vardhan said that it has risen to the occasion in view of the Covid-19 crisis and added that discussions were also held on the upcoming strategy.
India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 60-lakh mark with a spike of 82,170 new cases and 1,039 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday. As per the Ministry, India’s tally stands at 60,74,703 including 9,62,640 active cases. The number of cured and discharged or migrated patients is currently at 50,16,521, apart from 95,542 deaths due to the virus.