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Currently, there is no Covid-19 intranasal vaccine in clinical trial in India, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan explained today.

“However, the Serum Institute of India has started production of Codagenix CDX-005 which is an intranasal vaccine candidate, directly attenuated for SARS-CoV-2,” Vardhan said in his sixth episode of Samvaad Sunday as he interacted and answered questions on social media. .

Currently, the Covid-19 vaccines closest to the finish line have been developed to be injected into the arm. However, according to a recent Bloomberg report, researchers are looking at whether they can get better protection from inoculations that fight the virus at its point of attack in the nose and mouth.

An alternative to conventional strokes, spraying and inhaled immunizations emerging in the US, Britain and Hong Kong could play an important role in helping society escape the constraints that have devastated economies and daily life. Among their goals is to prevent the pathogen from growing in the nose, a point from which it can spread to the rest of the body and to other people, the article reads.

During his weekly interaction, Vardhan noted that although there are no COVID-19 intranasal vaccines on trial in India at the moment, Serum India and Bharat Biotech are expected to follow clinical trials of such vaccines in India in the coming months with regulator approval .

He explained that the Phase III Clinical Trial usually has thousands of participants, sometimes close to 30,000 to 40,000 participants. It is possible that from a specific city or hospital, several hundred participants will be selected at a given time, but in general, the overall group of participants in Phase III is much larger, the minister said.

Moreover, the union minister also stressed that he had not found any mutations of the new coronavirus in the country. “I can assure you that as of now, no coronavirus mutations have been detected in India. The Indian Medical Research Council is already studying this issue in detail,” Vardhan added.

Following a question from the last episode, Vardhan was asked in Phase II of the COVID-19 grants to the states. The Minister shared that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has already released Phase II of the COVID Package in 33 States and Territories of the Union. The total amount issued in the second package amounts to a total of 1,352 crore. This Phase II grant was issued in tranches during August, September and October 2020.

Regarding the situation of the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Vardhan stressed that after having good control during the initial phase of the coronavirus pandemic situation, it has now worsened in Kerala.

“I would say other states should learn a lesson from Kerala. All states should be careful during the upcoming festival season,” Vardhan said.

The Minister of Health shared his views on the latest peak in the COVID-19 cases in Kerala. Noting that between January 30 and May 3, Kerala had reported only 499 cases and 2 deaths due to COVID-19, he regretted that Kerala was paying the price of gross negligence during the last Onam holidays when unlocking services of the state, together with an increase in inter- and inter-enterprise travel for trade and tourism, led to the spread of Covid-19 cases across various districts.

“The epic of Kerala changed completely because of the Onam holidays across the State, the new daily cases almost doubled,” he said. The minister said this should serve as a good lesson for the entire government of state that were negligent in planning for the festival season.

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