COVID-19 vaccine trials have begun in the Civil Hospital and Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, as part of the third round of vaccine trials in the country.
The third phase of Covaxin trials, a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, will be carried out on 26,000 volunteers in 22 hospitals across the country.
Some of the volunteers will be from the Civil Hospital in Asarwa and the Sola Civil Hospital.
Under the trials, the vaccine will be tested on critical patients under treatment at the two hospitals provided they agree to be volunteers for the trial.
The volunteers will be given two doses of the vaccine in 28 days. The volunteers will then be monitored for the next four to six weeks to see if they respond to the vaccine or whether they show any adverse reaction.
Given the surge in COVID-19 cases post-Diwali, the state has also announced that it will open more COVID-19 treatment centres.
Vaccine trials begin as beds in city fill up with patients
Meanwhile, private and government COVID-19 treatment centres are reporting a surge in patients leading to beds being filled quickly.
Officials said 90% of the beds in private hospitals now have COVID-19 patients on them. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who also has the health portfolio had on Monday carried out a review meeting with officials of Civil Hospital.
Patel later told media that the state will increase the number of COVID-19t treatment centres depending on the surge in cases. He said the number of testing will also be increased.
Meanwhile, on New Year (Monday), Bopal area in the city reported 22 new COVDI-19 cases. Over 200 to 300 people got tested at the various testing kiosks set up by the AMC.
Of the total number of positive cases, those who were above 60 years of age were asked to get themselves admitted at a COVID-19 treatment centre.
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