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Bharat Biotech gets DCGI nod for emergency use of Covaxin for kids aged 12-18 years

With this, Covaxin has become the second COVID-19 vaccine cleared for use for children in India.

December 25, 2021 / 09:32 PM IST

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on December 25 gave nod to Bharat Biotech's vaccine, Covaxin, for emergency use for kids aged 12-18 years, CNBC-TV18 reported citing sources.

The report added that further regulatory process is being streamlined to make children registrations on CoWin platform.

With this, Covaxin has become the second COVID-19 vaccine cleared for use for children in India.

India had in August approved Zydus Cadila's three-dose needle-free vaccine ZyCoV-D, making it the first vaccine to get the permission to be administered to children in the age-group of 12 to 18 years.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, which completed the phase 2/3 trials of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin for use in children aged between two and 18 years, had submitted the data to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for its verification and subsequent approval for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the jab in early October. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 examined the data and deliberated on the EUA application.

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The committee had noted that the interim safety data of the phase 2/3 clinical trial was reviewed in a meeting on August 26. After detailed deliberation, the committee had recommended the grant of market authorisation of the vaccine for the two to 18 years age group for restricted use in emergency situations subject to certain conditions.
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first published: Dec 25, 2021 08:59 pm
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