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Covaxin effective only after 2 doses, says Bharat Biotech after Haryana minister contracts Covid post inoculation

Covaxin effective only after 2 doses, says Bharat Biotech after Haryana minister contracts Covid post inoculation

| @indiablooms | 05 Dec 2020, 10:08 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: After Haryana Minister Anil Vij tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday despite taking a shot of the indigenously developed Covaxin days ago, its maker Bharat Biotech in a statement said the vaccine has been designed to be effective after two doses, reported media.

The Hyderabad-based drug manufacturer stressed that the effectiveness of the vaccine could be known only after 14 days of the second dose, added the reports.

Vij had volunteered in the third phase of vaccine trials in his state.

"Covaxin clinical trials are based on a 2-dose schedule, given 28 days apart. The vaccine efficacy will be determined 14 days post the 2nd dose," the Hyderabad firm said in an official statement. One of the three Covid vaccine candidates being tested in India, Covaxin - in its third phase of trials- will be administered to "26,000 subjects across 25 sites," read the statement.

"The phase 3 trials are double blinded and randomised, where 50 per cent of subjects will receive vaccine and 50 per cent of subjects will receive placebo," the firm underscores.

Earlier on Saturday, the minister tweeted: "I have been tested Corona positive. I am admitted in Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for corona."

The Health Ministry also issued a statement which said: "The antibodies against the infection build up in a human being only after a specific number of days pass after the second dose of the vaccine is taken. This is a two-dose vaccine. The minister in question has taken only one dose of the vaccine."

"Bharat Biotech has supplied more than 4 billion doses, to more than 80 countries, with an excellent track report of safety, The phase-3 trials of Covaxin is the only efficacy trial being conducted in India for COVID-19 vaccines, to determine its suitability to the diverse Indian population," the firm added in its clarification.


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