Second Phase clinical trials of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine begin in Chennai & Pune
Second Phase clinical trials of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine begin in Chennai and Pune.
In Chennai, two prominent medical institutions are starting the second and third phase field trial of the Oxford vaccine candidate Covishield. In another development, the Tamil Nadu Government has exempted college students having arrears except in the last semester from writing the examinations, in view of Covid-19. Previously the exemption has been made for the regular students.
Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the state is nearing the four lakh mark. 5958 people were tested positive yesterday taking the total to over three lakh 97 thousand. However, the active caseload in the state is about 52 thousand.
Chennai is one of the seventeen locations in India to conduct the field trial of the promising vaccine candidate Covishield, developed jointly by the Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The Government Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital and the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research are the two institutions in the city that run the trial.
The state director of public health Dr TS Selva Vinayagam, who coordinates the study in Chennai, told AIR News, healthy volunteers above the age of 18 are being involved in its multi-centric clinical trial. Dr TS Selva Vinayagam, Director, Public Health said, “We will be starting the Phase-2 and Phase-3 together. We will be following the volunteers for up to 180 days. This is to assess the safety, immunogenicity and reacto-genecity. We will be doing that.”
The T-cells in the white blood corpuscles against the viral pathogen are said to be observed in 14-days after administering the vaccine and the antibodies in about 28 days. Their effectiveness to eliminate the virus and several other factors will be exhaustively tested during the trial.
Moreover, in Maharashtra, the Phase II clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), began at a medical college and hospital in Pune yesterday. According to the Hospital officials, two male volunteers were administered the vaccine at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Medical College and Hospital post.