Students pursuing higher education in Karnataka, India to get the COVID-19 vaccine jab

INDIA – According to the Indian health minister, 24,37,732 students pursuing higher studies in Karnataka state will get vaccinated in a vaccination program that is already running. The vaccination program is also targeting children below the age of ten based on priority with parents being encouraged to take their children for the jab. The vaccine supply has been increased to make it possible with India currently administering two locally made vaccines, covishield and covaxin. Serum Institute of India (SII) makes Covishield (under license from AstraZeneca), whilst the second largest producer,…

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Serum Institute to introduce Novavax’s vaccine in India by September

INDIA – The Indian government through the Serum Institute of India (SII) is planning to introduce an Indian version of Covavax originally formulated by a US based biotech company, Novavax Inc. Clinical trials are underway in India and the vaccine is likely to hit the market under the name Covavax by September this year though clinical trials on children are expected to kick-off from July. The vaccine is among the first to have undergone phase 3 clinical trials at a time when new Covid-19 variants of concern such as the…

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