Bengaluru: Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has for the second time signalled that a vaccine for COVID-19 may be available soon.

 "The third phase trial of COVID-19 vaccine is 90% complete. The vaccine might be available in the period between January to April 2021” said Sudhakar in an event.

“All preparations are done from the end of the health department for distribution of vaccine," he added.

Speaking to scribes in the city, K Sudhakar said, "Colleges which are affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi Health Sciences University will start from December 1. All preparations for the same is done.”

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"Foundation stone will be laid for government medical colleges in Chitradurga, Yadagiri, Chikkamagaluru, Haveri and Chikkaballapur districts by the end of December. Medical college that is built in the name of former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be inaugurated on December 27. Project is chalked out for the primary health centres in the state to function 24/7,” said Sudhakar.

Meanwhile Karnataka reported 3,443 discharges on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,18,392.

On the same day, the state reported 2,016 new COVID-19 cases, putting the total COVID-19 tally at 8,57,928. A total number of 28,026 patients are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 across the state.