Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )
Earlier in August, Johnson & Johnson was given emergency use approval in India for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
US pharma giant Johnson & Johnson has moved an application before the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in India, seeking permission to conduct clinical trials of its single-dose Janssen vaccine against COVID-19 on adolescents (children of age group 12-17 years).
Earlier in August, Johnson & Johnson was given emergency use approval in India for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
A statement by Johnson & Johnson read, "On August 17, 2021, we submitted an application to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to conduct a study of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in India in adolescents aged 12 - 17 years."
"To ultimately achieve herd immunity, it is imperative that COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials continue to move forward in this population, and we remain deeply committed to the critical work needed to make our COVID-19 vaccine equitably accessible for all age groups," the company`s spokesperson said.
The five vaccines which were granted emergency use authorisation in India are Serum Institute`s Covishield, Bharat Biotech`s Covaxin, Russia`s Sputnik V m, Moderna and Now Johnson & Johnson (J&J).