AIIMS Delhi Director, Dr. Randeep Guleria has recently said that Bharat Biotech and other companies are doing trials at a very fast pace and hoped that data will lead to approvals so that there is a vaccine for children in the country by September-October, he noted that children usually have a mild disease but there is a need to develop Covid-19 vaccines for them.
Dr. Guleria in an interview with ANI said that Covaxin’s data for children after completing of phase two or three trials is expected by September-October.
Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR has developed an indigenous vaccine called Covaxin.
He said, “Children usually have the mild disease but we need to develop vaccines for children because if we have to control this pandemic everyone should be vaccinated. Bharat Biotech and other companies are doing trials at a very fast pace as parents have come forward with their children for the trials.”
“One is hopeful that trial will be completed early and possibly with follow up of about two-three months, we shall have data by September. Hopefully, by that time, approvals will be there so that by September-October, we’ll have vaccines from our country which we can give to children,” he added.
Dr. Guleria stated that Bharat Biotech is conducting trials between the age group of 2 to 18 years and “this covers a wide spectrum”. It is a DNA vaccine, a new platform is being used and “it is something that we should proud of”, he said when asked about Zydus Cadila vaccine.
It is a platform for which research has not been done in past in the country, he added.
“The data is still being collated and one is hoping that they will be able to submit the data to the DCGI for regulatory approval. It will depend on the company how quickly it is able to collate the data and give it to the regulatory authority,” he said.
When asked about Pfizer CEO stating that the company is in the “final stages” of getting approval for its Covid-19 vaccine in India, Dr. Guleria said that the firm has been in negotiations for some time and these would have possibly reached the final stage.
“One is hopeful that it should occur because the negotiations with the company is going on for quite some time. I am sure now they are reaching a stage where final sort understanding will be there,” he said.