With India launching “world’s largest vaccine programme“, let’s look at some updates over the vaccine in the country as well as the world.
Crux of the Matter
“Largest Vaccine Programme”
India started its Covid-19 vaccine programme on 16 January. It was widely called as “world’s largest vaccination programme”.
Vaccination Stats For Day 1
As per the Union Health Ministry:
- 447 cases of AEFI (Adverse event following immunization) reported on 16th and 17th January.
- 3 required hospitalisation.
- 1 death reported in Moradabad – later dismissed as death due to heart attack.
Demand For Covishield In Delhi
- Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital resident Doctors have refused to “participate in huge numbers” in Covaxin vaccination. Covaxin is a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech.
- Refusal due to lack of Phase 3 trial completion.
- Doctors have demanded Covishield instead “which has completed all stages of the trial before its rollout”. Covishield is developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca – manufactured by Serum Institute of India.
Consent Form For Covaxin
- Receivers of Covaxin of Bharat Biotech were asked to sign a ‘consent form’.
- Care in Government designated hospitals in case of adverse events.
- Compensation for “serious adverse event” (if causally related to the vaccine) to be paid by the sponsor Bharat Biotech.
The clinical efficacy of COVAXIN is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trial. Hence, it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to Covid-19 need not be followed.Covaxin Consent Form
Pfizer Trouble In Norway
- 29 people have died in Norway after receiving the Covid vaccine of Pfizer Inc.
- Reported deaths in “elderly people with serious basic disorders”.
- 13 deaths “assessed” as of 17 January – 16 remaining.
- Covid vaccines now reportedly considered “risky” for old people.
For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences. For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.Norwegian Institute Of Public Health
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- Livemint – Covid vaccination drive in India: State-wise list of target and achieved data on day 1
- NDTV – “In Case Of Adverse Events…”: What Covaxin Consent Form Says
- India Today – Doctors at Delhi’s RML Hospital reject Covaxin, say we want Covishield with valid trial results
- The Indian Express – Norway warns of vaccination risks for elderly sick patients after 29 die