Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Safe For Children Aged 2-18: Study
New Delhi: Bharat Biotech, which has a stockpile of more than 50 million doses of Covaxin ready to be distributed as required, is well-tolerated and immunogenic in the paediatric population in phase 2/3 studies, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet.
The company claimed that Covaxin is one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the world to generate data in the 2-18 year age group. Data from over 50 million doses given to children in India reveals minimal side effects. This data is now peer-reviewed and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Notably, Bharat Biotech did not report vaccine-related cases of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFIs), such as myocarditis, blood clots, and pericarditis.
“Neutralising antibodies in children were on an average 1.7 times higher than in adults,” said Bharat Biotech in a Business Standard report. The same dosage of Covaxin can be administered to adults and children for primary immunisation and booster doses.
Bharat Biotech conducted phase 2/3, open-label and multicenter study to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity of Covaxin in healthy children and adolescents in the 2-18 age group.
Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, was quoted as saying, “Safety of the vaccine is critical for children, and we are glad to share that Covaxin has now proven data for safety and immunogenicity in children. We have now achieved our goal of developing a safe and efficacious Covid-19 vaccine for adults and children, for primary immunisation and booster doses, making Covaxin a universal vaccine. It has proven to be a highly safe vaccine based on data from more than 50 million doses administered to children in India.”
In the study, no serious adverse event was reported. A total of 374 adverse events were reported, and the majority of adverse events were mild in nature and resolved within one day. Pain at the injection site was the most reported adverse event, the report added.