Guntur: The third phase of clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin was launched at Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital here on Wednesday.
The vaccine dose was given to a volunteer after completing the required formalities.
The district administration had been scouting for volunteers for the past fortnight since the government zeroed in on the ID hospital for taking up third phase trials of Covaxin. The vaccine is being readied indigenously by Bharat Biotech and clearances have been granted by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for the third phase of clinical trials.
“We are trying to test at least 1,000 volunteers during the third phase of the trials,” said Guntur district collector Samuel Anand Kumar while launching the programme.
The collector said it will be a two dose trial in which the second dose would be given to volunteers 28 days after the administration of the first dose and if no adverse symptoms were reported.

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