Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday, October 20, launched an online portal that provides comprehensive information about the numerous COVID-19 clinical trials that CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) is engaged in a partnership with Industry, ministries, and other government departments.

The website called ‘CuRED’ or ‘CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs’ gives information about the drugs, diagnostics and devices including the current stage of the trials, partnering institutions and their role in the trials and other details, according to the official release of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Union Minister praised the CSIR’s efforts in being at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and giving preference to clinical trials, generating data for their regulatory approval and supporting launch drugs and diagnostics in the market. The ministry further informed that CSIR is exploring various combinations of clinical trials of anti-virals with host-directed therapies for the potential treatment of COVID-19.