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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin received nod from Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Tuesday who further proffered positive recommendation to DCGI for the use of Covaxin in 2-18 years age group. Bharat Biotech has earlier submitted data from clinical trials to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for its verification and subsequent approval for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the jab at the beginning of this month.

If approved by DCGI, Covaxin will become only the second vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D to be granted permission for inoculating children in 2-18 age group.
Here is what the experts had to say on the development:

Dr Vinit Samdani, Pediatrician, Bhatia Hospital Mumbai said, “This is a major breakthrough in vaccinating children between 2 to 18 yrs. We are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel we have been waiting for. Trials have been conducted on thousands of kids and there are two shots with a 20 days gap. Initially, there is going to be a close watch on any side effects and to report every 15 days for the first two months and then on monthly basis. We must wait for the launch officially. Initially, there will be few

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Pregnant women urged to get Covid vaccine by NHS England

Pregnant women are being urged to get the Covid vaccine, following concerns about the growing number with the virus needing the most serious treatment in critical care.

The call has come from NHS England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Sultana Ashiq caught Covid-19 when she was nearly 31 weeks pregnant and was in intensive care for 46 days battling the disease. Sultana was treated at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. Her twins were born by Caesarean section while she was in a coma.

She was ineligible for the vaccine at the time, but is calling on expectant mothers to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

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