New Delhi: While India awaits for the COVID vaccine due to the massive surge in numbers, in a recent development, the science ministry has taken back its claim which said ” No COVID vaccine by 2021″.
The Ministry of Science and Technology edited a press release issued on Sunday moments after it was published on the Press Information Bureau website. The Ministry of Science and Technology edited the release to remove its statement that “a vaccine is unlikely to be ready for mass use before 2021”.
The Ministry of Science and Technology published a press release on Sunday on the ‘Indigenous Indian Covid-19 vaccines in the global race to end the pandemic’ by Dr. TV Venkateswaran, on the Press Information Bureau website.
The press release earlier stated that along with the two Indian vaccines — Covaxin and ZyCov-D — 11 out of 140 vaccine candidates have entered the human trials across the globe and added that neither of these is likely to be ready for mass use before 2021.
Few minutes later, the statement was edited, and the line stating ‘vaccines are unlikely to be ready before 2021,’ was removed. The fresh release does not mention the statement in the same paragraph where it was written before.