Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2021-01-22 23:55:21 BdST
The company applied for the approval around two weeks ago, said Dr Syed Modasser Ali, the chairman of Bangladesh Medical Research Council.
The application for the phase three trial has been sent to the council’s Ethical Review Committee for scrutiny, he said on Friday.
The committee had asked for more details from the firm, but it was yet to send the papers, according to Modasser.
“The application is incomplete without the papers,” he added.
India on Jan 3 approved COVAXIN along with COVISHIELD, the vaccine developed by the UK’s University of Oxford and Swedish-British drugmaker AstraZeneca, for emergency use.
Bharat Biotech developed COVAXIN jointly with the Indian Council of Scientific Research.
India is also producing the Oxford vaccine, of which Bangladesh has ordered 30 million doses.
Besides Bharat Biotech, China’s Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceuticals has applied for clinical trials of its vaccine in Bangladesh. The health ministry forwarded the application to the Directorate General of Health Services in the first week of January.