COVID-19 vaccine to take more time: ILS Director Dr. Ajay Parida

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Bhubaneswar: Director of Institute of Life Sciences, Dr. Ajay Parida said, in case of a newly-developed COVID-19 vaccine, it will be first tried on animal models like rats and hamsters before humans trials.

Dr. Parida said if the results on the new vaccine will be positive in lower animal models then a human trial of the vaccine could be undertaken.

Replying to a question asked by Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi, at Geeta Govinda Sadan here on Thursday, Dr. Parida said if a vaccine which is already used on humans is used against COVID-19, then it can be administered directly without going for the aforementioned process of a lower animal model.

Dr. Parida said only an animal model study can give us an idea about its implication both positive and negative. He said the COVID-19 vaccine can be used on humans after its contraindications and safety aspects are studied thoroughly.

The Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar, leading research institute of eastern India has tested 13,121 samples for COVID-19. The institute has targeted to ramp up the testing in the coming days. The scientists in ILS are now working on various higher research studies on COVID-19.

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