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Phase II trial of Covaxin at GMCH

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Bharat Biotech and ICMR have picked Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) as one of the testing centres for the Phase II trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin.

�Phase I trials of the vaccine has been successful. The second phase trial will start soon. I am happy that GMCH has been picked as one of the testing centres for the second phase trials,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, adding that paper works are on this regard.

According to the preliminary results of the Phase 1 trials, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

The Phase 1 trials are expected to be complete by end of August.

Phase II trials involve a larger pool of volunteers, split into focus groups of children, healthy adults and elderlies. Studies are done to study the safety, immuno-response, time taken to trigger a reaction and side-effects if any.

If the process continues smoothly, the vaccine should be available in the first half of 2021.

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