India readies 5 sites for final phase of Oxford vaccine trials

The government has identified five sites across the country for the third and final phase of the human trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The Serum Institute of India, which is the world’s largest vaccine maker in terms of the number of doses produced and sold globally, has partnered with biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to mass produce the Oxford vaccine.

“The DBT [Department of Biotechnology] is now setting up Phase 3 clinical sites,” Secretary of Department of Biotechnology Renu Swarup told.

“We have already started working on them and five sites are now ready to be available for Phase 3 trials.”

Swarup added that the sites will be ready within a few weeks for “manufacturers to take them up for clinical trial studies”.

The five sites are at INCLEN Trust International in Palwal, Haryana; KEM in Pune; the Society for Health Allied Research in Hyderabad; the National Institute of Epidemiology in Chennai; and Christian Medical College in Vellore. Asianet Online