A lot of opposition leaders have stood against the Covid-19 vaccine questioning the efficacy of the vaccine and stating it to be unfit for human race.
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Congress leaders Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh have expressed concerns regarding Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech and recently approved by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).
Now, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tej Pratap Yadav joined the growing voices against taking the Covid-19 vaccine shot when it becomes available in the country.
He stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should lead and take the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, following which others will also get it.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine, then, we will also take it,” said the Bihar politician.
Earlier this week, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that the state government was all prepared for administering Covid-19 vaccinations across the state.
“We are prepared for administering vaccination in Bihar,” CM Nitish said.
Adding, “The vaccination will be done in accordance with the Centres guidelines and priority will be given to those who are more than 50 years of age or are involved in professions like health care, frontline workers, priority age groups, public representatives, all people engaged in government works, contract workers, shopkeepers, traders and all vulnerable groups, etc.,”
Tewari mentioned, “A number of eminent etymologists and other medical practitioners have expressed surprise with regard to the fact that this vaccine has been cleared without phase III trials having been completed,”
“This obviously raises questions with regard to the efficacy of the vaccine.” he added.
“In other words, those Indians who would be administered Covaxin would, in effect, be volunteers for the required third stage clinical trial - without the mandatory ‘informed consent’. This is, to put it mildly, highly unusual. It is also ethically dubious,” Shashi Tharoor had said.
In a tweet, Jairam Ramesh said, “Bharat Biotech is a first-rate enterprise, but it is puzzling that internationally-accepted protocols relating to phase 3 trials are being modified for Covaxin. Health Minister @drharshvardhan should clarify.”