Bengal Minister Hakim likely to take part in Covaxin Phase-3 trial

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Bengal Minister Hakim likely to take part in Covaxin Phase-3 trial

Kolkata, Nov 25 (IANS) West Bengal Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim is likely to participate in the Phase-3 trial of Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine candidate at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), sources said. <br><br>Hakim, who is also the Chairperson of the board of administrators at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the state's largest civic body, has spoken to NICED Director Shanta Dutta. <br><br>Meanwhile, the first lot of the Covaxin trial volunteers arrived at NICED for the Phase-3 clinical trial on Wednesday. As many as 1,000 volunteers will take part in the study, sources said.<br><br>Covaxin has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Altogether 28,500 volunteers will participate in the third phase of its trial across India.<br><br>.