Kerala Chief Minister Urges People To Take Covaxin Without Hesitation

Kerala Chief Minister Urges People To Take Covaxin Without Hesitation

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Pinarayi Vijayan said the vaccines were generally well-received in the state. (File)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday urged people to take the indigenous Covaxin vaccine without any hesitation on the basis of the latest report of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country's top research body, about its third phase clinical trials.

People had some doubts about the Covaxin, manufactured by the Bharat Biotech with the support of the ICMR, he said at a press meet.

There was some reluctance among the public to take the vaccine as part of the delay in getting the results of its third phase trials, he said.

"ICMR has now released the interim results of the third phase clinical trials. According to it, the vaccine has shown an interim efficacy of 81 per cent in preventing COVID-19," Mr Vijayan said.

It has also been reported that it can prevent the viral infection with very severe symptoms and effectively -- coronavirus related deaths, he said.

As per ICMR, Covaxin also has the ability to neutralize the UK variant strain of SARS-CoV-2.

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