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The vaccine race: India should revisit its animal-testing rules to be Atmanirbhar in pandemic fight

For a country known for making affordable, quality medicines, India’s contribution to global efforts in developing a Covid-19 vaccine has been rather lacklustre. A dearth of human talent is not the challenge before the country. To lead the drug-development race, besides building quality infrastructure, India needs to allow testing on larger animals such as dogs and monkeys.
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7 Jul 2020 10 Mins Read 4 comments
An archive picture of a boy feeding a ferret at a facility. A ferret's respiratory system and response is similar to humans when it comes in contact with an infectious viral pathogen Getty Images
An archive picture of a boy feeding a ferret at a facility. A ferret's respiratory system and response is similar to humans when it comes in contact with an infectious viral pathogen
“Frankie died on the evening of November 1, 1953, just 61 hours after admission to the hospital. I was admitted to the same hospital, with a diagnosis of paralytic polio, on the night Frankie was buried... Eight children out of our first-grade classroom of 24 were soon diagnosed with paralytic polio; three children died including my twin. Ours was a
self-reliant in drug discovery or vaccine innovations, Indian drug companies will have to pass through fully equipped and international-level animal-testing facilities. It’s going to be a slow and continuous process. Remember, the polio vaccine for mass immunisation was available in India only by 1978 — more than two decades since its invention. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
“Frankie died on the evening of November 1, 1953, just 61 hours after admission to the hospital. I was admitted to the same hospital, with a diagnosis of paralytic polio, on the night Frankie was buried... Eight children out of our first-grade classroom of 24 were soon diagnosed with paralytic polio; three children died including my twin. Ours was a self-reliant in drug discovery or vaccine innovations, Indian drug companies will have to pass through fully equipped and international-level animal-testing facilities. It’s going to be a slow and continuous process. Remember, the polio vaccine for mass immunisation was available in India only by 1978 — more than two decades since its invention. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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