New Delhi: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has tested positive for covid-19 days after receiving a trial dose of India's indigenous vaccine, Covaxin. He took to Twitter to inform and said that he is admitted in Civil Hospital Amabala Cantt.
The minister has also asked everyone who have come in close contact with him to get tested for the covid-19 infection.
"I have been tested Corona positive. I am admitted in Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for corona," he said in a tweet.
Anil had volunteered to administer a trial dose of covid-19 vaccine Covaxin at the same hospital on November 20. . “Trial for third phase of Covaxin, a coronavirus vaccine product of Bharat Biotech, to start in Haryana on 20th November. I have offered myself as the first volunteer to get vaccinated,” he had tweeted on November 18.
“I will be administered trial dose tomorrow at 11am , at Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantt under the expert supervision of a team of Doctors from PGI Rohtak and Health Department. I have volunteered to take the trial dose,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said in another tweet a day before he was administered with the dose.
Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin, which is being indigenously developed by the Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is currently undergoing phase 3 trials across various parts of the country. The trial includes 26,000 people and is being conducted across 25 centres.
“After successful completion of the interim analysis from the phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of Covaxin, Bharat Biotech received Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approval for phase 3 clinical trials in 26,000 participants in over 25 centres across India,” the company had said in a statement.