Madras HC issues notice to Centre over petition seeking ban on Covishield vaccine
According to reports, the Madras High Court has issued a notice to the Centre based on a petition seeking a ban on Serum Institute's Covishield vaccine. The notice was issued following a petition stating that the Covishield vaccine was unsafe. A Chennai native had filed a petition in the Madras High Court claiming compensation of Rs 5 lakh for health problems after receiving the vaccine.
Earlier the week, a 24-year-old intern died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Sunday 11 days after receiving the anti-Covid vaccine dose. According to reports, Niraj Singh was given the Covishield dose on February 3. However, it was not confirmed whether he died because of the vaccination as he might have been suffering from an infection, which he did not reveal in his consent before taking the dose.
The National Technical Advisory Group Immunisation (NTAGI) will hold a meeting today to review the vaccine dosage interval for Covishield. According to recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the efficacy is better when the second dose is administered 8-12 weeks apart.
Meanwhile, today Yoga Guru Ramdev released the first alleged evidence-based medicine for Coronavirus by Patanjali. Earlier, last year, the Patanjali had claimed that its Ayurvedic medicine named 'Coronil' can cure the infection. The event was attended by Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Nitin Gadkari.