Covaxin for children likely to be approved by September: Randeep Guleria

According to the experts, a potential third Covid-19 wave will be particularly hard-hitting on children.

Covaxin for children likely to be approved by September: Randeep Guleria

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr. Randeep Guleria said that Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, is likely to be approved for children by September.

As per the report, he said that after the completion of the second and third phase of trials of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin for children, the trial data would be made available by September. The vaccine is likely to be approved in the same month, Dr. Guleria said.

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He further said that if the Pfizer-BioNTech shot would be approved in India, it could be another alternative for children to be vaccinated with.

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According to the experts, a potential third Covid-19 wave will be particularly hard-hitting on children. Thus, Covaxin is being trialed in children, aged between 2 and 17, at AIIMS Delhi and Patna.

On May 12, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved Bharat Biotech’s permission to conduct phase 2 and 3 trials for children.

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Meanwhile, Dr Randeep Guleria has disagreed that children will be particularly impacted by a third wave. He said that there was “no reason to believe this theory.”

It was in line with a recent AIIMS-World Health Organization (WHO) report which stated that the third wave “may not hit children disproportionately.”

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