Haryana minister tests positive after 1st Covaxin shot, firm says 2 needed | India News – Times of India

AMBALA/ROHTAK/HYDERABAD: Haryana home and health minister Anil Vij on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19, just a fortnight after he volunteered for and was administered a trial dose of Bharat Biotech’s indigenously developed Covaxin.
He was scheduled to get a second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on December 18, exactly 28 days after the first one on November 20.
Vij testing positive won’t impact trials, say PGIMS doctors
I have been tested corona positive. I am admitted to Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for corona, Haryana home and health minister Anil Vij tweeted. On Friday night, he had complained of body pain and fever. A Covid-19 test was conducted on Saturday morning with a rapid antigen testing kit and the result was positive. “After that, we collected his RT-PCR samples and he tested positive again,” Ambala chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Kuldeep Singh said.
Bharat Biotech clarified that the vaccine had been designed to be efficacious only after participants in trials received two doses 28 days apart. Without referring to Vij, the company issued a statement mentioning that “vaccine efficacy will be determined only after 14 days of receiving the second dose”.
The Hyderabad-headquartered company also said its trials were “double blinded and randomised”, implying that 50% of the volunteers receive Covaxin doses and the remaining half only a placebo. The participants, investigators and the company don’t know who is assigned to which group, Bharat Biotech had spelt out at the commencement of the trials in mid-November.
Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech along with the ICMR, is currently undergoing efficacy studies involving 26,000 volunteers at 25 sites across the country. Doctors at PGIMS Rohtak said Vij testing positive wouldn’t impact the ongoing Phase III trials. The minister was the first volunteer.

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