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COVID vaccination: DCGI asks Bharat Biotech to provide more data on Covaxin for below 12-year-olds

This development comes after the Subject Expert Committee discussed recommendations for the restricted emergency of Covaxin in children aged between 2-12 years.

Sheenu Sharma Edited by: Sheenu Sharma @20Sheenu New Delhi Updated on: April 22, 2022 14:09 IST
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COVID vaccination: DCGI asks Bharat Biotech to provide more data on Covaxin for below 12-year-olds. 

Highlights

  • Subject Expert Committee of DCGI asked Bharat Biotech to provide some additional data
  • Data is related to COVID vaccine, Covaxin, for administering it to children aged between 2-12 yrs
  • DCGI will be giving approval for its emergency use authorisation now

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has asked Bharat Biotech for additional data on its COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, for administering it to children aged between 2-12 years, said sources.

This development comes after the Subject Expert Committee discussed recommendations for the restricted emergency of Covaxin in children aged between 2-12 years. No recommendations have been made as of now, sources told news agency ANI.

However, the SEC, after a meeting on Thursday (April 21), has recommended restricted emergency use of Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine, Corbevax, in children aged 5-12 years, said sources. 

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Now, DCGI will be giving approval for its emergency use authorisation. The Corbevax vaccine is currently being administered to children in the age group of 12-14 years. The vaccination drive for children in the age group of 15-18 years commenced on January 3 this year. 

They are being administered Covaxin. The drive later expanded on March 16 to include children aged between 12-14 years. They are being administered Corbevax.

Overall, India is currently administering two COVID-19 vaccines to children above 12 years. 

(With ANI inputs)

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