The race is well and truly on for the COVID vaccine. A total of 7 pharma companies in India are in the race to develop a vaccine for Coronavirus. Bharat Biologicals, Serum Institute, Zydus Cadila, Panacea Biotech, India Immunologicals, Mynvax and Biological E are among the domestic pharma companies in the race, while others are in the race for medicines.

Bharat Biotech has secured approval from the DCGI to conduct Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials on humans after the animal trials were successful. Human trials have already started. Serum Institute hopes to develop the vaccine by end of 2020. Serum is working on the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine, under Phase 3 clinical trials. This is where India could make a difference.