Covaxin may get WHO approval by month-end, says NITI Aayog

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS): India's indigenously-developed Covid vaccine Covaxin may soon receive Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organisation, eventually enabling its recipients to travel abroad without mandatory quarantine, NITI Aayog's Member, Health, V.K. Paul said on Wednesday.

Data sharing and data evaluation are going on and a positive decision may come soon, he said.

"The data sharing and data evaluation have been going on through multiple reviews and we are close to a decision point.

"We must give time to WHO to make their decisions based on science. However, we hope that these decisions can be taken quickly because people who are receiving Covaxin have certain imperatives of travel. Most of us, who chose the concurrency, is important in terms of licensure. We are hoping for an early decision," Dr Paul said.

"We believe that a positive decision could be coming in, before the end of the month," he added.

In August, Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also met WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan and held discussions over the WHO approval of Covaxin.

The vaccine's developer Bharat Biotech has submitted its Phase 3 clinical trials data that demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

The WHO has so far approved Covid-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm.



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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 16 2021

    PM has taken Covaxin, so it will get approval from WHO before his trip abroad.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Sep 16 2021

    Covishield is better than Covaxin ...

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  • Alva, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 16 2021

    Your mindset is such that If we export gau mootra to US and then import back with US packaging, then that becomes better for you.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 16 2021

    Counting the chickens before they hatch? There's many a slip between the cup and the lip! India is world famous for cheating and fraud. What is needed is for India to have greater discipline and credible research. Once the world starts starts noticing some serious research coming from India, the world will automatically start recognising Indian products. Regardless, what does NITI Aayog have anything to do with the products of a private company? If anything, NITI Aayog must focus on credible statistics.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 16 2021

    Keep speaking ill of your country

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