The Indian Drug Regulator has approved the use of two “indigenous” Covid vaccines for children under 12. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted it.
Covaxin, from the Bharat Biotech laboratory, already authorized for adolescents aged 12 and over, can also be injected to children from 6 years of age. The Corbevax vaccine, on the other hand, can be used from the age of 5. Zydus, the drug that is administered in two doses, has also been admitted, but from the age of 12.
India has approved nine vaccines for Covid-19, five of which are “indigenous”, but, in fact, has only used two extensively. Since the start of the vaccination campaign in January 2021, the country has administered more than 888 million doses: the government estimates that about 80 percent of eligible adults have been vaccinated with the two doses and that 99 percent had at least the first. The booster vaccination was also launched from 10 January of this year, and the first dose for children, starting from 12 years. In recent weeks, India has been alarmed by a new growth in positives, which however, according to experts, does not seem to be the prelude to a fourth wave: the new cases registered yesterday throughout the country were 2,927.