In an article uploaded on the official website of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Ministry of Science and Technology said that no coronavirus vaccine is likely to be ready for mass use before 2021. However, the government withdrew the statement hours later. This comes after Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) gave August 15 deadline to launch COVAXIN.
The Centre on Sunday said that the CDSCO's approval to conduct human clinical trials for made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine candidates COVAXIN and ZyCov-D has "marked the beginning of the end". In a statement, the Ministry of Science and Technology said there were around 140 coronavirus vaccine candidates in the world currently, of which 11 were in human trials.