HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The second phase of clinical trials if the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been completed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
  • In the second phase, 200 people had volunteered under the vaccine candidate named COVISHIELD.
  • Three volunteers were given the first dosage of the second vaccine on September 26 at KEM Hospital.
  • In September, both hospitals had halted trials after a participant from the UK had developed an adverse reaction.

The second phase of clinical trials of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been completed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The civic body is soon said to start the third phase of trials after the first batch of volunteers complete 28 days since the first vaccination.

In the second phase, 200 people had volunteered under the vaccine candidate named ‘COVISHIELD’. King Edward Memorial (KEM) and BYL Nair hospitals are conducting trials and will be submitting their individual reports to the data safety monitoring board, Central Drugs Standard Organization to get approval for stage 3 trials. Three volunteers were given the first dosage of the second vaccine on September 26 at KEM Hospital.

The Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) has partnered with AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant to manufacture the experimental Covid-19 vaccine. In September, both hospitals had halted trials after a participant from the UK had developed an adverse reaction. Later, permission was given by the drug controller general of India to run phase two and three.

Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of BYL Nair Hospital said, “As we have achieved our target of 100 volunteers, we have asked SII if they want us to include more volunteers. So far, we haven’t received any response. However, we have kept additional volunteers on standby.” Coverage of Rs 1 Crore is being given to each volunteer in the event of death due to side effects of the vaccine, as per the ICMR. The volunteer will also be receiving Rs 50 lakh medical insurance to cover the treatment cost of any possible adverse effect from the vaccination. 

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