COVID-19: Will COVAXIN launch on August 15?

Bharat Biotech International, which is developing India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, COVAXIN has said that it cannot rush to launch the drug. The company said that safety and quality are paramount.

COVID-19: Will COVAXIN launch on August 15?
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Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International said that there is a tremendous pressure on us to develop the vaccine. But for us, safety and quality are paramount.

 We don't want to kill more people with the wrong vaccine," Ella said during an interaction with members of the Chennai International Centre on 'Covid-19 Endgame Scenarios' according to a report in the Business Standard.

 This rules out the possibility of the vaccine releasing on August 15. While it was hugely touted that the vaccine would release on Independence Day, the ICMR clarified that the letter sent by the DG-ICMR to investigators of the clinical trial sites was meant to cut unnecessary red tape, without bypassing any necessary process and speed up the recruitment of participants.