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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to fast track clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has provided the virus strain to BBIL to develop the vaccine.

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The clinical trials will be held in 12 institutes across the country. In a letter to these institutes, the ICMR stated that it aims to launch the vaccine for public health use by August 15, after completion of all clinical trials.

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Meanwhile, India’s second COVID-19 vaccine produced pharma giant Zydus Cadila got approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct phase I and phase II human clinical trials.