DCGI grants EUA to Corbevax for those aged 5-12, Covaxin for 6-12 age group

Covaxin, indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is being used in adults in the country's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 02:05 PM IST
article-image
PTI

India's drug regulator has granted emergency use authorisation for Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for those aged five to 12 years and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the age group of six to 12 years, official sources told news agency ANI.

Covaxin, indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is being used in adults in the country's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive.

The approval by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) comes following recommendations by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation(CDSCO).

The SEC had last week reviewed the application of both the companies seeking emergency use authorisation for Corbevax and Covaxin for use in children of five to 12 years and six to 12 years age group, respectively.

Biological E's Corbevax is being used to inoculate children against COVID-19 in the age group of 12 to 14 years. Covaxin has been granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the DCGI for the age group of 12 to 18 years on December 24, 2021.

India began inoculating children aged 12-14 on March 16.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1 last year. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be inoculated against the viral disease from May 1 last year.

The next phase of vaccination commenced on January 3 for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years.

India began administering precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.

Precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years were allowed at private vaccination centres from April 10.

(With inputs from Agencies)

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: 20-year-old mobile thief gets caught after he replaces SIM card in stolen handset to chat...

Mumbai: 20-year-old mobile thief gets caught after he replaces SIM card in stolen handset to chat...

Mumbai: SRA declares all slum pockets of city as approved slums to expedite redevelopment

Mumbai: SRA declares all slum pockets of city as approved slums to expedite redevelopment

Reasons why Aryan Khan was given a clean chit

Reasons why Aryan Khan was given a clean chit

Lonavala school closure: Education dept says it should run for a year

Lonavala school closure: Education dept says it should run for a year

Mumbai: 120 lifeguards, jet skis and kayaks deployed at beaches for monsoon

Mumbai: 120 lifeguards, jet skis and kayaks deployed at beaches for monsoon