New Delhi: Reports claiming expired vaccines were given to the 15 to 18 age group under the National COVID-19 Immunization Program are false and misleading, the government clarified today, adding that “incomplete information” was used in the report.
“Some media reports allege that expired vaccines are being administered in India under its National COVID-19 Immunization Program. This is false and misleading and based on incomplete information,” the government said in a statement.
“The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in response to M/s Bharat Biotech International Limited’s letter no: BBIL/RA/21/567 dated October 25, 2021 has approved the extension of shelf life of Covaxin (Complete Virion, Inactivated Coronavirus) Vaccine) from 9 months to 12 months. Similarly, the shelf life of Covishield has been increased from 6 months to 9 months by the National Regulator on 22 February 2021.
Political leaders have raised the news of teenagers allegedly getting expired doses.
NCP Supriya Sule said, “All drugs have a prescribed expiry period, so how can it be ‘extended’ and the vaccine can be re-labeled to administer the same? Above all else now to the youth. Vaccines are being made available to provide.” MP. The MP also tagged Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
“The shelf life of vaccines is extended by the national regulator based on comprehensive analysis and testing of stability study data submitted by vaccine manufacturers,” the government said.
A vaccination center in Gurgaon, a mother claimed, was administering
The COVID shots, which were to expire in November as a vaccination for the 15-18 age group, have started from today.
“So my son went to get his first vaccine, the campaign for kids started today and realized the vaccine was already expired in November. Then a letter was shown that it seems the shelf life has been extended!! How, why, on what basis? Do you use children to clear stocks?” Mother Navneeta Varadpande asked on Twitter.
So my son went to get his first vaccine, the campaign for children started today and realized that the vaccine was already over in November. Then a letter is shown indicating that the shelf life has been extended!! How, why, on what basis?
Do you experiment on children to clear stocks? pic.twitter.com/259ZHDBMSN
— Navnita Varadpande (@VpNavanita) 3 January 2022
Covaxin Open Vial is stable at 2 to 8 °C for 28 days and does not need to be discarded in a day or immediately at the end of the vaccination session, Bharat Biotech said in a statement on December 20.
“This approval of shelf life extension is based on the availability of additional sustainability data, which was submitted to CDSCO. With shelf life extension, hospitals can now use stock to avoid vaccine waste, the press release said then. was said.
The process of immunization of children has started in the country amid the fear of Omicron variant.
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