Speaking at an worldwide symposium on Novel Ideas in Science and Ethics of Vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic, Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said prioritising who should get the vaccine first is a topic being discussed both within and outside the government. The physician added that the continuing high incidence of the disease was concerning from a public health standpoint but it made randomised controlled trial, which is ongoing, quite feasible. Human challenge trials involve intentionally infecting volunteers with the novel coronavirus to assess its efficacy.More news: How major U.S. stock indexes fared Thursday
The symposium brought together more than 250 leading scientists, ethicists, public health leaders and community leaders from India and overseas to discuss the challenges and opportunities in vaccine development. "These can be used as an adjunct to other methods but can be undertaken later when the raging pandemic ends but preparations need to start early". "We recently convened an expert consultation on this issue and the conclusion was that such studies are not necessary at this time", Fauci said on Thursday, while addressing an global symposium organised by Indian Council of Medical Research on novel ideas in science and ethics of vaccines against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said the ministry is tackling several issues on vaccines, so as to who should get it first in terms of prioritisation.More news: COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available
"There is an emerging consensus that frontline workers are the people who have the best claim over who should get the vaccine first".
He said deliberations are on whether it will be the elderly or it will be people with co-morbidities or whether it will be people placed in socio-economic disadvantage whose immunity has been weakened because of prolonged exposure to poverty and malnutrition. He said, vaccine development under pandemic conditions is much more challenging than in ordinary times.More news: Arizona football to open 2020 season at home against ASU