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Covid-19: Govt Likely to Begin Vaccinating Children Next Month, Says Health Minister Mandaviya

The Union Health Ministry last month said that the Centre is making all adequate arrangements in terms of healthcare infrastructure to provide effective care and treatment to children.

A medical worker screening a children in Delhi (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: In BJP Parliamentary Party meeting held today in national capital, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that goverenment would likely start vaccinating children from next month against Covid-19.

He also said that India is soon going to be largest vaccine producing country as more companies will get production licence.

The Union Health Ministry last month said that the Centre is making all adequate arrangements in terms of healthcare infrastructure to provide effective care and treatment to children, in case third Covid wave affects them. Covid-19 in children is often asymptomatic and rarely require hospitalisation, however it is possible that a small percentage of children who get infected may need hospitalization, according to the Union health ministry.

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The ministry on June 30, in statement listed responses by experts over several questions raised in the media regarding higher vulnerability of children to get adversely impacted by Covid-19 during the subsequent waves. Dr VK Paul, Member Health at NITI Aayog said that Covid-19 in children is often asymptomatic and rarely require hospitalisation.

Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi said that there is no data, either from India or globally, to show that children will be seriously infected in subsequent waves.

READ ALSO: DCGI Studying Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Children: Dr VK Paul

Covaxin trials have been started on children aged between 2 – 18 years and the results for the same will be received by September to October this year.

Menawhile, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is testing pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine for kids. The central government in an affidavit told the Delhi HC On July 17, that Zydus Cadila’s vaccine against Covid-19 may be made available in the near future for children in the age group of 12 to 18 years.

Zydus Cadila has finished its trial for kids between the age group of 12 to 18 and is currently subject to statutory permissions, the Centre further added.

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