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Covid 19: Zydus Cadila vaccine to be given through applicator, not injection

It's a three-dose vaccine that will be administered on Day zero, Day 28, and Day 56

By Jasleen Kaur -- October 07, 2021 7:22 pm -- Updated:October 07, 2021 7:30 pm
Covid 19: Following the approval of Zydus Cadila (ZyCoV-D) vaccine by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) for emergency use, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, on Thursday said the vaccine would be administered through an applicator, which would be used for the first time in India.

Addressing a press conference in the national capital on Thursday, Paul said, "Zydus Cadila vaccine is not administered using a conventional syringe or a needle, but through an applicator, which will be used for the first time in the country. We are working on the trainers and its logistic issues."

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On the availability of Zydus Cadila vaccine, Dr VK Paul said "Preparations are underway to introduce the Zydus Cadila's Covid 19 vaccine under the national vaccination programme. It is only a matter of a short period of time."

The Drugs Controller General of India approved the Zydus Cadila's vaccine for emergency use on August 20. According to sources, ZyCoV-D, a needle-free coronavirus vaccine, is likely to be available by early October.

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It is the world's first plasmid DNA vaccine for Covid-19. It's a three-dose vaccine that will be administered on Day zero, Day 28, and Day 56. The vaccine has been approved to be administered to adolescents between ages 12 and 18.

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Speaking about different variants of Covid 19, Paul said there was no new variant of concern as per the data available at present.

-PTC News with inputs from agencies

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