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COVID-19 vaccines for children will be launched ‘very soon’, says Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said that COVID-19 vaccines for children will likely be launched in India “very soon”.

He said that the results of ongoing research for the development of COVID-19 vaccines for children by Zydus Cadila and Bharat Biotech is due to be released next month and following that the COVID-19 antidote is likely to be launched at the soonest.

He also said the Centre is committed to vaccinating every citizen against coronavirus.

Recently, AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria had said that data of phase two and three trials of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin on 2 to 18 years age group is expected by September.

The Centre had recently informed the Supreme Court that the vaccine developed by Zydus Cadila will be available soon for children who are 12 and above, subject to statutory permissions.

It is claimed Zydus Cadila's coronavirus vaccine ZyCoV-D can be given to both adults and children.

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