1 lakh tests/day with Indian kits by May-end: HM

Out of at least half a dozen candidates supported for vaccines, four are in an advanced stage

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NEW DELHI: India will be self-reliant in producing rapid antibody tests and RTPCR diagnostic kits by May-end and it would make it possible for the country to meet the target of one lakh tests a day by the end of next month, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday.

Exhorting scientists to speedily develop Covid-19 solutions such as vaccines, drugs and medical equipment, Vardhan said, “Out of at least half a dozen candidates supported for vaccines, four are in an advanced stage. Regulatory platform in one place has been constituted for speedy clearances.”

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He was addressing scientists of autonomous institutes and PSUs under the department of biotechnology before reviewing their work relating to Covid-19 solutions. Scientists said at least nine of these studies were in early stages and one delivery and adjuvant system for improving immunogenicity of the candidate vaccine was at an advanced stage.