A Pune-based firm, Seagull Biosolutions, is the first in India to get government funding to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. The Union Science & Technology Ministry is financially supporting the company, which will also produce testing kits capable of detecting asymptomatic cases.
The vaccine is expected to enter phase I trials in about 18 months; the process can be sped up if animal testing clearances are provided on time. Testing phases will include animals such as wild mice, mice models of SARS disease and monkeys.
The Union Science & Technology Ministry, under its ‘Centre for Augmenting WAR with Covid-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) programme, has set aside Rs. 56 Crore for Indian start-ups dedicated to finding COVID-19 solutions.
News Source: Times of India