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Updated on: Thursday, December 02, 2021, 05:41 PM IST

What did Centre say regarding COVID-19 booster dose?

What did Centre say regarding COVID-19 booster dose?  | PTI Photo

What did Centre say regarding COVID-19 booster dose? | PTI Photo

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NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul on Thursday said the Centre's first priority is to complete the task of vaccinating all adults with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Regarding providing a booster dose to fully vaccinated individuals, he said it is under consideration.

"Scientific reasoning for providing boosters at what timing, for which vaccine, all that is under examination. Currently, let's be very clear, our priority is very clear - complete the task of vaccinating all adults with both doses," news agency ANI quoted Dr VK Paul as saying.

Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India (SII) has sought from India's drug regulator's approval for Covishield as a booster dose citing adequate stock of the vaccine in the country and a demand for a booster shot due to the emergence of new coronavirus variants, news agency PTI quoted official sources as saying.

In an application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), Prakash Kumar Singh, the Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India (SII) cited that the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has already approved the booster dose of AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, they said.

Singh is learnt to have said in the application that as the world continues to face the pandemic situation, many countries have started administering booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

"People of our country as well as citizens of other countries who have already been fully vaccinated with two doses of Covishield are also continuously requesting our firm for booster dose," an official source quoted Singh as having said in the application on Tuesday.

"You are aware that now there is no shortage of Covishield in our country and the demand for a booster dose is increasing day by day from the people who have already taken two doses in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and emergence of new strains." It is the need of the hour and a matter of right to health of every individual that they should not be deprived of third dose/booster dose to protect themselves in this pandemic situation, Singh stated.

Earlier, the Union government informed Parliament that the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 are deliberating and considering scientific evidence for the need and justification for a booster dose.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published on: Thursday, December 02, 2021, 05:41 PM IST
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