BHOPAL: A 42-year-old volunteer from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh allegedly died after 10 days after taking a dose of Covaxin in the clinical trial of the Covid vaccine.
According to reports, the death of the 42-year-old has now sparked controversy around the approval of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin by the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, a government official suspects poisoning as the reason behind the death, however, the exact cause of the death will be known after the viscera test.
Vice-Chancellor, People's Medical College and Hospital, Dr Rajesh Kapur said that the deceased identified as Deepak Marawi had participated in the Covaxin trial held on December 12, 2020.
"All protocols were followed and Marawi's consent was taken before allowing him to participate in the trial and monitored his health for 7 to 8 days," the doctor claimed.
Interestingly, a Bhopal-based social activist, claimed neither Marawi's consent was taken for participation in the clinical trial nor he was given any proof of his participation in the exercise.
It is to be mentioned that after the dark days of 2020, the two 'swadeshi vaccines' to protect people and prevent further spread of the virus are the most welcome developments of 2021 that invariably brings hope and cheers for Indians. Barak Valley waits eagerly for the life-saving vaccines.
The health department of Cachar is gearing up for mega exercise of vaccinating around 20 lakh people. In 2011, the population of the district stood at 17 lakh plus. The indication is that as per policy decision of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Planning in conjunction with the states, the process of vaccination to begin any time from now will cover all the segments of the population.
The health department shares the information that some doctors have been trained up for the purpose. Nursing staff will be given necessary instructions later on. In order to give drive to the vaccination, the list of priority includes front line crusaders like doctors, nurses, Anganwadi workers, their helpers, police and paramilitary force personnel, senior citizens in different phases on the basis of their age and then all sections of society. People for vaccination have also been made aware of the likely reactions after being vaccinated which are said to be common after administering injections.
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