India’s First Indigenously Developed COVID-19 Vaccine Summarily Rejected by the West

The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected the emergency use authorization submission for Covaxin, the indigenously developed Indian COVID-19 vaccine developed by a partnership involving the apex research institute ICRM and the biotech venture Bharat Biotech. Actually, India’s first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food, and Drug Administration (FDA), already rejected a request for EUA back in the summer. In a blow to millions of Indian students and professionals that need to travel to other countries, their Covaxin vaccine won’t pass muster and must go get vaccinated again with a WHO-approved vaccine. Is Bharat Biotech and ICMR paying for an accelerated less than transparent effort?

In a recent statement, the All-India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) noted with “sorrow and grave concern” the WHO moves to reject the Covaxin EUL request. Rather WHO requested more technical details. Considered a “serious setback” for the Indian COVID-19 vaccine as well as for the vaccine development program in India, most importantly, AIPSN reports it’s “a blow to India’s plans to distribute vaccines to other countries.”

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