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Haryana health minister Anil Vij who participated in COVID vaccine trials tests positive

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Haryana home minister Anil Vij on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID. The 67-year-old who was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Ambala tested positive two weeks after he participated in the clinical trials of the COVID vaccine.

The minister also urged all those who had come in close contact with him to get themselves tested.

“I have tested Corona positive. I am admitted to Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact with me are advised to get themselves tested,” Vij tweeted.

On November 20 Vij who also has the state’s health portfolio participated in the third phase trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. 

1anil Vij had earlier announced on Twitter that he will be the first volunteer in his state for the vaccine trials.

What health ministry said after Anil Vij tested positive 

The union health ministry made an announcement after Vij tested positive.

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“The antibodies against the infection build up in a human being only after a specific number of days pass after the second dose of the vaccine is taken, since this is a two-dose vaccine. The minister in question has taken only one dose of the vaccine,” the ministry said.

Bharat Biotech said the clinical trials of Covaxin are based on a two-dose schedule, given 28 days apart. 

“The vaccine efficacy will be determined 14 days post the second dose. Covaxin has been designed to be efficacious when subjects receive both doses,” the drugmaker said in reports about Vij testing positive.

So far 1000 participants have taken part in the first two phases of clinical trials of Covaxin and data has pointed towards better immunity with safety.

 

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