Confirming the news on his Facebook page, Dhibar wrote that he has been inspired by the principles of the RSS and has chose to donate his body to the country for the clinical trial of coronavirus vaccine.
A number of companies have completed clinical studies on vaccines through two phases, but the third phase requires "many thousands" of volunteers, where earlier stages involve fewer people. ICMR vaccine deadline* No vaccine has yet been approved for commercial use against Covid-19 but over a dozen vaccines from more than a 100 candidates globally are being tested in humans.
The Union Health Ministry said that the August 15 deadline for an indigenous COVID-19 vaccine is "only to expedite duly approved clinical trials without compromising on safety and security concerns".
The network's monoclonal antibody clinical testing efforts will, meanwhile, be led by Myron Cohen, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Stephens, M.D., of Emory University in Atlanta. The HVTN, which is based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will serve as the COVPN's operational center.
In a statement, the NIAID said: "The network will use a harmonized vaccine protocol developed by the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) public-private partnership". This will enable analyses of correlates of protection across multiple vaccine trials.
There will be more than 100 testing sites in the USA and overseas, including some in Alabama.
Anyone interested in joining a vaccine clinical study can fill out a quick questionnaire.
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) latest document released on Monday outlining the status of trials being conducted around the globe said SinoVac's was now at Phase III. The infrastructure needed ranges from equipment that is regularly audited to show that freezers never fail, staff to screen potential participants, setting up a call center to facilitate thousands of check-ins, to building the bridges to the community to ensure that a diverse array of people - and particularly those at greatest risk of covid-19 - sign up.