The expert group on vaccines chaired by V K Paul, member-health, Niti Aayog
along with Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has met several times to deliberate over the financial resources required for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccine and various options of financing the same. The details of the government's plan have not been shared yet.
Experts say that while the vaccine is under development, the government should use this time to put in place its strategy for distribution and procurement instead of waiting for the vaccine to be ready.
The company has entered the phase three trials of the vaccine. It is among the three ongoing clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine
in India. Zydus Cadila and Bharat Biotech have completed the recruitments for the phase two trial.
The government is also in talks with Russia to facilitate trials for its vaccine Sputnik V in India and help them scale its manufacturing.
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