Bharat Biotech's Covid vaccine Covaxin gets emergency use listing from WHO panel

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Nov 03, 2021, 05:40 PM(IST)

Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin (file photo). Photograph:( Others )

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The TAG had requested "further clarifications" from the firm on October 26 in order for Covaxin to undertake a final "risk-benefit assessment" for the vaccine's Emergency Use Listing. 

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG), an independent advisory council of the World Health Organization (WHO), has recommended that Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin be given Emergency Use Listing (EUL) designation.

The WHO is now reviewing Covaxin's clinical trial results in order to determine if EUL should be used.

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The TAG had requested "further clarifications" from the firm on October 26 in order for Covaxin to undertake a final "risk-benefit assessment" for the vaccine's Emergency Use Listing. 

In a tweet, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar appreciated the decision and said that: "Welcome WHO’s decision to grant Emergency Use Listing to COVAXIN. It facilitates travel for many Indian citizens and contributes to vaccine equity. Also a global recognition to PM Narendra Modi’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. A Happier Diwali."
 

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"The Technical Advisory Group of WHO has recommended Emergency Use Listing status for Covaxin," a source said.

TAG-EUL is an independent advisory committee that advises WHO on whether or not a COVID-19 vaccine should be designated for emergency use under the EUL protocol.

Covaxin has been shown to be effective against symptomatic COVID-19 at 77.8% and 65.2 per cent against the novel Delta variant.

The company announced in June that it has completed the final study of Covaxin effectiveness from Phase 3 studies.

Covaxin from Bharat Biotech and Covishield from AstraZeneca and Oxford University are the two most extensively used vaccinations in India. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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