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Not enough numbers for WHO trials: ICMR

Govt. prioritises inventory of protective gear, hand sanitisers

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that India will not participate in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) clinical trials for COVID-19 as of now because the country has a very small sample size.

“The numbers that we can offer WHO is extremely limited as India is still witnessing local transmission. There is nothing stopping us from joining the trial later on, if there is a rise in COVID-19 numbers,” said Dr. R. Gangakhedkar, head, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases-I.

Meanwhile, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has issued a “warning” to manufacturers and importers of surgical and protective masks, and gloves and hand sanitisers, directing them to immediately furnish information on stocks of personal protection equipment.

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