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Covid vaccine for children may be available by September in India: ICMR-NIV director

Children between the age of 2 to 18 may be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by September this year, said Priya Abraham, the director of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s National Institute of Virology (Pune).

As per Abrahan, the phase 2-3 clinical trials for the vaccines are currently underway on children.

"Hopefully the results will be available soon and they will be presented to regulators. Probably by September or just after September, we may have a vaccine for children… this is Covaxin," she said in an interview to India Science, an OTT platform of the Department of Science and Technology.

The NIV is a body under the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) under the Ministry of Health.

Last month, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria had said that Bharat Biotech's Covaxin trials for children are presently underway and the results are expected to be released by September

“In the coming few weeks or by September vaccines should be available for children. We should then start schools in a graded manner as we have been doing for 18-45 years age," said the AIIMS chief.

In addition to this, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya had told BJP MPs that Covid vaccination for children is likely to start soon.

Currently, only those who are 18 or above are eligible for vaccination against coronavirus.


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