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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Ready to Take First Shot of Covid-19 Vaccine to Dispel Fears

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said he would offer himself to take the vaccine against Coronavirus in a bid to dispel fears around the it

He said the vaccine might be ready by the first quarter of 2021. “While no date has been fixed for the vaccine launch, it may be ready by the first quarter of 2021,” Vardhan said.

The minister during an interaction with his social media followers, ‘Jan Samvad’, on Sunday, indicated that emergency authorisation of the vaccine is also on the cards.

.His government is considering emergency authorisation of a vaccine against the coronavirus, especially in the case of senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings.“This shall be done after a consensus has been reached,” he said.

To deal with worries regarding the safety aspect of the vaccines, he said he would be happy to take the first dosage of vaccine if some people have trust issues.

A recent study published in the British Journal, The Lancet, said there is increasing vaccine hesitancy in many parts of the world at a time when a vaccine to fight COVID-19 is eagerly awaited.

In India, the hesitancy is at the lowest among other countries in comparison to other South Asian Nations.

On the vaccine front, Serum Institute is developing a vaccine candidate in India in partnership with AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. The trials have been halted after the Drugs Controller General of India sought data on the safety profile of the vaccine because of an unexplained illness in a volunteer in the UK. AstraZeneca on Saturday declared resumption of trials of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has entered the second phase of the trials and has also presented data about the vaccine showing efficacy in animal trials. Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D too is in the second phase of trials.

Written By – Shilpa Dey

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