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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says, corona vaccine will be available by early next year

Updated: September 18, 2020 11:10 am

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that COVID-19 vaccine would be available in the country by early next year.

He informed that three vaccine candidates have reached the clinical trial stage of Phase one, two and three. He appealed to the people to adopt the social distancing and “Do Gaz Ki Doori” as a social vaccine till the arrival of vaccines.

He was replying to a discussion in Rajya Sabha on COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country yesterday. He said an Expert Committee is working on the development of vaccines by giving all the necessary support to the various bodies. He said, India is working with WHO and other international organizations in the direction of vaccine development.

Appreciating the role of COVID warriors in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, he said, the Prime Minister has taken every decision with the help of experts and the government tried to resolve every issue related to this disease. He said, India started the fight against the COVID-19 disease from the initial days and fought this battle in an  honest and meticulous manner. He added that effective contact tracing, surveillance mechanism and lockdown reduced the number of COVID-19 cases and mortality.

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