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‘Shameful’: Health Minister Vardhan criticizes Akhilesh Yadav and Tharoor for ‘doubts’ about Covid-19 vaccine

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday criticized Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congressional leaders Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh for doubting the approval given to the Bharat Biotech vaccine. while conducting his third phase test and said it was a shame someone politicized a critic. problem.

“It is a shame that someone politicizes such a critical issue. Shashi Tharoor, Akhilesh Yadav and Jairam Ramesh, please do not try to discredit the well-established science-backed protocols followed to approve Covid-19 vaccines, ”Vardhan tweeted.

Yadav has questioned the Covid-19 vaccines from India and said he will not take the “BJP vaccine.” Before the General Drug Enforcement of India (DCGI) gave the go-ahead to the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech for emergency restricted use of their vaccines on Sunday, Ramesh on Twitter claimed that although Bharat Biotech is a top tier company Internationally accepted protocols related to phase three trials are being modified for Covaxin.

Tharoor also said that the approval of Bharat Biotech was premature. “Covaxin has not yet had phase 3 trials. The approval was premature and could be dangerous. @drharshvardhan should clarify. Its use should be avoided until full testing is complete. India can start the AstraZeneca vaccine in the meantime, ”he tweeted.

The DCGI approved the emergency use of two Covid-19 vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford and the other by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the Institute. National Virology (NIV). ).

The DCGI granted approval based on the recommendations of a Covid-19 Subject Matter Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSCO). “After proper review, CDSCO has decided to accept the Expert Committee’s recommendations and consequently the M / s Serum and M / s Bharat Biotech vaccines are being approved for restricted use in emergency situations,” said Dr. VG Somani from DCGI to the media on Sunday.

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