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Explainer: Covid-19 vaccine development – and why India has to be a player in this


As the novel coronavirus continues to devastate lives and livelihoods across the world, scientists are racing to find a vaccine that could stop its march.

On Monday, India announced its first experimental vaccine to go into human clinical trials in July. It has been jointly developed by a private firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council for Medical Research.

The World Health Organisation’s latest draft landscape of Covid-19 candidate vaccines shows 16 candidate vaccines in clinical trials and 125 candidate vaccines in preclinical evaluation.

One of the leading candidates in terms of timing is the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 ...


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