Health ministry launches web portal for updates on COVID19 vaccine development

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The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched a web portal that will provide all important information on COVID-19, vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally.

The ‘vaccine web portal’ and the ‘National Clinical Registry for COVID-19’ have been developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and was launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, according to a health ministry statement.

The National Clinical Registry for COVID-19 will collect systematic data on clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory investigations, management protocols, the clinical course of COVID-19, disease spectrum and outcomes of patients.

“The data will serve as an invaluable tool for formulating appropriate patient management strategies, predicting disease severity, patient outcomes etc,” the ICMR said in a statement.

The vaccine portal contains all information regarding Indian efforts towards the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

“Interested people can visit the website on vaccine.Icmr.Org.In to get the latest information on vaccine development,” it said

Vardhan said, “The portal provides useful and important information related to vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally at regular intervals. Today, in the times of coronavirus pandemic, vaccine development is watched very closely. Thus, it becomes important to showcase the status of vaccine development in the country.”

On India’s fight against COVID-19, the health minister said the continuously rising recovery rate and progressively falling case fatality rate in the country have proven the success of the COVID-19 containment strategy followed by all states and Union Territories.

“From having one laboratory (for COVID-19 testing) to over 1,800 today, we have come a long way in strengthening our capabilities. We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has touched 15 lakh daily tests,” he said.

He also lauded the healthcare personnel working selflessly to serve the people “even at a time when the resources are limited” due to coronavirus.

Apart from the ‘vaccine web portal’ and the ‘National Clinical Registry for COVID-19’, Vardhan also unveiled a timeline depicting the ICMR’s historical achievements and inaugurated apex health research body’s mobile stroke unit, the statement said.

Vardhan unveiled the timeline of the ICMR depicting the 108-year journey of the body since its inception in 1911 when it was known as Indian Research Fund Association, it said.