Covid vaccines for children still away, says government

V K Paul

New Delhi: Covid Task Force chief V K Paul has said the government will take a final decision on vaccinating children and adolescents against Covid-19 on the basis of overall scientific rationale as well as the supply situation of vaccines available for those below 18 years old.

Paul also cautioned that even though infections are coming down and the second wave is subsiding, it will not be fair now to say that the worst is over since many countries have seen more than two waves.

At present, three vaccines — Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V — being administered in the country are only for those above 18 years of age. All of them are two-dose vaccines.

It may be recalled that an expert panel of India’s central drug authority has recommended granting EUA to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children and adolescents in the 2-18 years age group with certain conditions.

 

NT Bureau