An expert committee is scheduled to meet on the 12th of August.
The committee would meet under the chairmanship Dr. V.K. Paul, a member of NITI Aayog.
During the meeting, the panel would discuss the logistics and ethical aspects of the potential candidate vaccine for COVID-19.
The information regarding the meeting was given by the Union Health Ministry of India, on the 11th of August.
The Health Ministry of India tweeted, “The Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration under the chairmanship of Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog will meet on 12th August to consider logistics and d ethical aspects of procurement & administration of COVID-19 vaccine (sic.)”
The committee which was formed by the Cabinet Secretary a week back, would consider different aspects related to finances, use and others before it would be launched in India.
The members of the aforementioned committee include Dr. Randeep Guleria, the Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS,) representatives of the ministries of External Affairs, the Biotechnology, the Information technology, the Director General of Health Services, India’s Aids Research Institute, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and also representatives from states.
The panel will pick the vaccine or vaccines that India can use, would plan the finances and prioritise the sequence of administration.
The two potential candidate vaccines developed completed its first and second phase of clinical trials in India.
The two COVID-19 vaccine candidates are developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and Zydus Cadila Limited.
After the successful third phase trials and discussion on the 12th of August, the vaccine is expected to be launched.
However, an official announcement regarding the same is yet to be made.
Stay tuned for further updates.