Volunteers in India will be immunised with a new locally made coronavirus vaccine in July.
An unspecified number of people will have the vaccine, as part of a trial by Hyderabad-based firm Bharat Biotech, reports BBC.Tests in animals suggest the vaccine is safe and triggers an effective immune response. The trials are among many across the world - there are around 120 vaccine programmes under way. Half a dozen Indian firms are developing vaccines. This is the first India-made vaccine and developed from a strain of the virus that was isolated locally and weakened under laboratory conditions.
The two trials are designed to test whether the vaccine is safe, rather than whether it is effective.