Panel okays Covaxin emergency use in kids

1st vax for kids as young as 2 yrs; DCGI nod next

Panel okays Covaxin emergency use in kids

1st vaccine for kids as young as 2 years

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 12

The subject expert committee of the national drug regulator on Tuesday cleared Covaxin Covid-19 shot for emergency use in children aged 2 to 18 years, giving India the first approved vaccine for use in kids as young as 2 years.

The recommendations have been forwarded to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval.

Previously, the DCGI had cleared Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D for emergency use in people aged 12 years and above. The clearance to vax for children between 2 to 18 years comes at a time when schools are reopening amid fears of the disease impacting children.

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