Indian health minister says 7 more COVID-19 vaccine candidates in clinical trials

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NEW DELHI, March 30 (Xinhua) — Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday said seven more COVID-19 vaccines are in the clinical trial stage in the country.

“Around seven more COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical trials. Some of them are in the advanced phase of the trials,” Vardhan said. “Around two dozen vaccines are in pre-clinical trials.”

Vardhan was talking to the media after taking the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at New Delhi’s heart and lung institute.

At present India is using two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, in its ongoing vaccination drive.

“Both Indian vaccines are safe and effective. A lot of people still have doubts regarding vaccines. I urge them not to believe what is being circulated on WhatsApp,” he said.

The minister said there are only a few rare cases wherein people contracted COVID-19 after taking vaccines.

The inoculation drive against the COVID-19 which began on January 16 is underway in India.

Initially, healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities.

From April 1, people who are 45-years-old or older will be vaccinated. Enditem

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