Can Covaxin booster dose prolong protection?

When only two doses of the vaccine are given with a gap of 28 days between doses, the immunity would last for about a year or so. But If a third dose is administered four-five months after the second dose, the immunological principle is that the immunity will be long-lived. In a meeting held on … Continue reading Can Covaxin booster dose prolong protection?

In a major shift, India fast-tracks restricted use approval for vaccines developed in other countries

On April 13, India permitted fast-track approval of COVID-19 vaccines developed, tested and approved outside the country. The decision has been taken to “expand the basket of vaccines for domestic use and hasten the pace and coverage” of COVID-19 vaccination. But before mass roll out of the vaccines that are developed and tested abroad can … Continue reading In a major shift, India fast-tracks restricted use approval for vaccines developed in other countries

Health Ministry reveals the names of SEC members for vaccine approval

After months of secrecy around the identity of the SEC members who approved Covaxin for restricted use despite no efficacy data, the Health Ministry finally revealed the names of the 10 members on March 23 in response to a question by Congress MP Syed Nasir Hussain. The names of the 10-member Subject Expert Committee (SEC) … Continue reading Health Ministry reveals the names of SEC members for vaccine approval