Coronavirus treatment: More than 30 COVID-19 vaccines under development! With more than 50,000 positive Coronavirus cases in India, rolling out a vaccine has become a key focus for Indian scientists and researchers. As a result, there are currently more than 30 vaccines against COVID-19 in India that are under development, albeit at different stages. According to a report by HT, some experts have informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that few vaccines are ready for trials in the country. The information was passed to the PM during a meeting of the task force, the report said.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the task force on coronavirus vaccine development and took a detailed review of the current status of India’s steady efforts in vaccine development, drug discovery, diagnosis and testing.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office after the meeting, Indian companies have come across as innovators in early-stage vaccine development research.

As per the report, it revealed that for drug development, three approaches are being taken. One is the repurposing of existing drugs. A minimum of four drugs is currently under synthesis as well as examination.

The second approach is the development of new candidate drugs. For this, linking high-performance computational approaches along with laboratory verification are used to drive molecules. The third approach used by experts including plant products and extracts. They are being examined for general anti-viral properties, the report said.

It has further been brought to attention that many academic research institutions and start-ups are also developing new tests, including both for antibody detection and the Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for diagnosis and testing. The report added that the capacity for these two tests has also been scaled up.

“The problem of importing reagents for testing has been addressed by consortia of Indian start-ups and industry, meeting current requirements. The current thrust also holds promise for the development of a robust long-term industry in this area,” the statement said.