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May 28, 2020

Around 30 groups in country trying to develop vaccines to fight novel Coronavirus, says Govt

Principal  Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Dr  K Vijay Raghavan has said around 30 groups in the country from  big industry to individual academics, are trying to develop vaccines to fight COVID-19.

Briefing media in New Delhi, he said, of them around 20 groups are keeping a good pace. He said, the efforts to develop the vaccine are being made in three ways- indigenously, in collaboration with other companies and by working with the leading companies.

Dr Vijayragahvan said, Indian institutions are engaged in developing four types of vaccines for this virus.

He said, discovery of a new vaccine is very challenging. He added that  AICTE and CSIR have embarked on a drug discovery hackathon which is a high-end hackathon where students are trained with information on how to do computational drug discovery. He also said, five important things need to be kept in mind for the prevention of COVID-19  before vaccine arrives.  They are Social distancing, hand hygiene, surface cleaning, tracking and testing.

In reply to a question, he said, no change in the fundamental properties of the novel Coronavirus  has been witnessed till now.

NITI Aayog member, Dr V K Paul said that the fight against novel Coronavirus will be won through vaccine and drugs. He said, country's science and technology institutions and pharma industry are very strong. He said, about 20 companies are providing diagnostic kits to the countries.

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