Covid-19 vaccine trial on children near completion: On Friday, the centre told the Delhi High Court that the trials for COVID-19 vaccines for those under the age of 18 years are about to be completed.
In a submission made to the court, the centre said that a policy for the vaccination of children will be formulated and implemented as expeditiously as possible. The policy will be formulated after the grant of requisite permissions by the body of experts.
A bench of judges including Chief Justice D.N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said that the whole country was waiting for the vaccination of children and granted the Centre more time. The next hearing for the case is listed on September 6. The court was hearing a PIL that sought directions for the immediate vaccination for those aged under 18 on the ground of fears that the third wave of COVID-19 could affect them more. The petition sought to make the research on the vaccine time-bound in order to make the vaccine available soon.
In response to this, the court said to let the trials be done otherwise it would be a disaster if vaccines are administered without trials that too in the case of children. The court further said that there cannot be a time for research.
Meanwhile, Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 vaccine is also expected to be approved soon. The company has applied for the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) seeking approval for its COVID-19 vaccine for 12 years and above from the Drugs Controller General of India. The vaccine is also being tested on children aged between 12 and 18 years of age. The step is being taken in light of fears about a possible third wave of the pandemic in which children are thought to be vulnerable to the virus. The pharmaceutical company has already completed the third phase trial of the vaccine, and if approved, Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 vaccine will be the first vaccine for the virus to be available for children in India.