Covid-19: Health Minister Launches Website ‘CUReD’.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan  launched an online portal on October 20, 2020. The portal will provide a comprehensive information about the numerous COVID-19 clinical trials that the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is engaged in collaboration with the Industry, ministries and other government departments. The website has been named as  ‘CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs or ‘CUReD’.

CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs or ‘CUReD’.

The website provides the information about the drugs, diagnostics and devices. It also includes the current stage of the trials, partnering institutions and their role in the trials.

Role of CSIR in fighting the Pandemic

CSIR’s have been putting all its efforts and have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. The organisation is giving preference to clinical trials, has been generating data for their regulatory approval and is supporting the launch drugs and diagnostics in the market. CSIR is also exploring various combinations of clinical trials of anti-virals. Further, CSIR is working with the AYUSH Ministry to conduct clinical trials of AYUSH drugs. It has undertaken safety and efficacy trials of AYUSH prophylactics and therapeutics on the basis of individual plant-based compounds.