India Due to Launch a COVID 19 Vaccine for Public Use by August 15th 2020
By TLB Contributing Partner: Christina England, BA, Hons
According to leading experts, it usually takes 10 – 15 years, for a vaccine to be developed. This is because the process of developing a vaccine, usually begins with the testing of the vaccines safety and immunogenicity in animals, before it is ever deemed safe enough to be tested on humans.
However, it appears that because the COVID 19 pandemic, was classified as a national emergency by our world leaders, scientists have been given the green light by the World Health Organization, to fast track any vaccine for the COVID 19 pandemic.
This fact, was something that Professor Balram Bhargava, the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), was able to use to his advantage, in a letter that he sent to 12 hospitals and research centers, on July 2.2020.
In his letter, Bhargava urged the centers, to fast track the safety trials for the indigenous Covaxin vaccine, by enrolling participants for the clinical trials no later than July 7, 2020. This was because he had planned to have the vaccine ready for “public health use” by August 15, 2020.
“This is the first indigenous vaccine being developed by India and is one of the top priority projects which is being monitored at the topmost level of government. The vaccine is derived from a strain of SARS-CoV2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are jointly working for the preclinical as well as the clinical development of the vaccine.”
“It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020, after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the co-operation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project.
You have been chosen as a clinical trial site of the BBV152 COVID vaccine. In view of the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and urgency to launch the vaccine, you are strictly advised to fast-track all approvals related to initiation of the clinical trial and ensure that the subject enrolment is initiated no later than 7th July 2020.”
In fact, Bhargava, was so keen for his company to be the first to launch a COVID 19 vaccine, that he concluded his letter with the following statement:
“Kindly note that non-compliance will be viewed very seriously. Therefore, you are advised to treat this project on highest priority and meet the given timelines without any lapse.”
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Did Bharat Biotech International Develop a Conscience After All?
However, it appears that the launch of the vaccine will not go ahead as planned. This is because according to the website, OneIndia, the company manufacturing the vaccine, Bharat Biotech International, had informed them that they were in no rush to launch the vaccine because they believe that the public’s safety is paramount and that they do not want to put lives at risk by using the wrong vaccine.
In an article, published on August 13, 2020, by OneIndia, authors wrote that:
“Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International said that there is a tremendous pressure on us to develop the vaccine. But for us, safety and quality are paramount. We don’t want to kill more people with the wrong vaccine…”
If their article is correct, The Liberty Beacon would like to know why Bharat Biotech International suddenly decided to do a U-turn and put the public’s safety first. Did they suddenly develop a conscience or is there another reason behind their sudden change of heart?
We ask these questions because we believe that the public’s health and safety, played no part in their decision and that the real reason behind their decision to do an about turn, was because another company had already beaten them to it.
In an article published by Science, on August 11, 2020, it was announced that:
“In a startling and confusing move, Russia claimed today it had approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, as the nation’s Ministry of Health issued what’s called a registration certificate for a vaccine candidate that has been tested in just 76 people. The certificate allows the vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, to be given to “a small number of citizens from vulnerable groups,” including medical staff and the elderly, a Ministry of Health spokesperson tells ScienceInsider. But the certificate stipulates that the vaccine cannot be used widely until 1 January 2021, presumably after larger clinical trials have been completed.”
However, it appears that Russia’s elation at being first to approve a vaccine, was short lived, because far from being the beacon of light that everyone has been waiting for, many scientists are concerned about the validity of their safety trials and are questioning the vaccines legitimacy.
Science stated that:
“Scientists around the world immediately denounced the certification as premature and inappropriate, as the Gamaleya vaccine has yet to complete a trial that convincingly shows it is safe and effective in a large group of people. Even some within Russia challenged the move. “It’s ridiculous,” says Svetlana Zavidova, a lawyer who heads the Association of Clinical Research Organizations in Russia. “I feel only shame for our country.” Zavidova, who has worked on clinical trials for 20 years and anticipated the approval, yesterday sent an appeal to the Ministry of Health to postpone registering the vaccine until proper efficacy trials are completed. “Accelerated registration will no longer make Russia a leader in this race, it will only expose end users of the vaccine, citizens of the country of the Russian Federation, to unnecessary danger,” she wrote on behalf of the clinical research group.””
The Liberty Beacon believes that in the fight to become the first company to approve a vaccine for COVID 19, scientists have lost sight of what is really important in this battle and instead of acting in the public’s best interest, they have continually shown that they are willing to sacrifice health and safety, in favor of fame and fortune.
About the Author: Christina England, BA Hons, Research Journalist and Author
Christina was born and educated in London, U.K. She left school to work in a children’s library, specialising in storytelling and book buying. In 1978, Christina changed her career path to dedicate her time to caring for the elderly and was awarded the title of Care Giver of the Year for her work with the elderly in 1980.
After taking an A Level in Psychology and a BTEC in Learning Support, Ms. England spent many years researching vaccines and adverse reactions. She gained a Higher National Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies in 2010 and in 2016 she gained a BA Hons degree in Literature and Humanities. She currently writes for VacTruth, Health Impact News, GreenMedInfo, The Liberty Beacon, Vaccine Impact and Medical Kidnap on immunisation safety and efficacy.
She has co-authored the book – Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine Induced Encephalitis – Are Parents Being Falsely Accused? with Dr. Harold Buttram and Vaccination Policy and the UK Government: The Untold Truth with Lucija Tomljenovic PhD, which are sold on Amazon. She also compiled the book Shattered Dreams: The HPV Vaccine Exposed
Her website is Parents and Carers Against Medical Injustice
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