Children above 2 years of age can get Covaxin till September, says AIIMS chief Dr. Guleria

Children above 2 years of age can get Covaxin till September, says AIIMS chief Dr. Guleria

There has been a new pace of vaccination against Corona across the country. Now every citizen of the country is being vaccinated free of cost. Meanwhile, Delhi AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria says that by September, the vaccine is expected to be available in the country for children above 2 years of age. He said that the trial of covaccine for use on children is going on and the results of the second and third phases of the trial will come by the month of September and in the same month this vaccine will be approved for use on children.

He also said that if Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine gets the green signal in India, then that too can be an option for children. Delhi AIIMS has already started screening children for these tests. It started on June 7 and includes children in the age group of 2 to 17 years. On May 12, DCGI allowed Bharat Biotech to test 2/3 of Covaxin on children below two years of age.

'Should consider opening schools'

Randeep Guleria further said that policy makers should now consider opening schools in such a way that the corona virus does not spread much. He further said that a holistic approach should be adopted for this. He said that in non-containment areas, it will be of great help to call the children to school on alternate days and to follow the rules of Corona. He also said that open air schooling would be a good way to avoid infection spreading through India's climate, but they might not allow it.

Emphasizing that sero surveys have pointed to antibody production in children, Dr Guleria says he has no reason to believe that children will be most affected.” So we see antibodies in them,” he said, suggesting that children in the country are exposed to the infection and that despite not being vaccinated, they would have received some degree of natural protection. New Delhi In a study by AIIMS and WHO High sero-positivity has been found in children. Preliminary findings of this study suggest that the third wave of COVID infection may not affect children more than others.


The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.