• Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that the government is likely to begin vaccinating children against Covid-19 in August
• Zydus Cadila on July 1 filed an application for EUA with the DCGI seeking permission to administer the vaccine to everyone above the age of 12
• A total of 441,912,395 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the country
• 6,603,112 doses were administered in the last 24 hours
According to a source, Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, on Tuesday said that the government is likely to begin vaccinating children against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in August. The statement was made in the parliament during a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the meeting, the health minister said that they would likely begin vaccinating children from next month. Currently, every citizen who is 18 or above is eligible for the vaccine.
The statement has been made at a time when there are concerns over the impact on kids of a possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. No vaccine has yet been cleared for this age group.
Earlier, Dr. Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, projected a timeline of September by which a vaccine would be available for children. Dr. Guleria said that data from clinical trials of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is likely to be available in September. If the vaccine is found safe, it could be administered to children during the same month.
On July 1, Zydus Cadila filed an application for emergency use authorization (EUA) with the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking permission for its vaccine candidate to be administered to everyone above the age of 12.
According to the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) dashboard, A total of 441,912,395 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, and 6,603,112 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.