Medical workers in India do not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus with the local vaccine Covaxin, approved without data on efficacy in the last stage of trials, according to the Hindustan Times.
More than 10.5 million healthcare workers have been vaccinated against coronavirus in India. But only 1.2 million of them, or about 11%, opted for the local vaccine. The rest were vaccinated with AstraZeneca.
“This is due to the initial discussion that Covaxin was only an experimental vaccine and did not complete the third stages of trials,” said Subhash Salunkhe, Advisor to the Maharashtra State Government on Vaccination Strategy .
Earlier this month, the opposition-controlled state of Chhattisgarh told the federal government that it would not use Covaxin until it was confirmed to be effective. Epidemiologists and experts also criticized the hasty approval of the drug.
The vaccine developer Bharat Biotech said it would soon publish data on trials among 26,000 volunteers. India’s federal government has ordered 10 million doses of Covax akin and received at least 5.5 million of them.
Over the past 24 hours, India has registered 16,738 new cases of coronavirus infection – the highest number in a month … Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 11 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the country, more than 156 thousand have died.