Covaxin Booster Shown To Neutralize Omicron And Delta Variants of COVID: Bharat Biotech

The booster dose of Covaxin has shown to "neutralize" both Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19, Bharat Biotech said in a statement on Wednesday.

Updated: January 12, 2022 6:11 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Snigdha Choudhury

Covaxin Booster Shown To Neutralize Omicron And Delta Variants of COVID: Bharat Biotech
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New Delhi: The booster dose of Covaxin has shown to “neutralize” both Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19, Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday. “Booster dose of Covaxin generated robust neutralizing antibody responses against both Omicron and Delta,” the Hyderabad-based pharma company said in a statement.

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“100 per cent of test serum samples showed neutralization of the Delta variant and more than 90 per cent of serum samples showed neutralization of the Omicron variant,” it said.

“These data add to the body of evidence that the braod spectrum mechanism of action of a whole virus inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, like Covaxin, is a viable option in this continously evolving pandemic,” Bharat Biotech said.

The drive for administering precaution dose to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60-plus individuals commenced on Monday across the country. The CoWIN portal has sent over one crore reminder messages to the beneficiaries to get the precaution dose.

The online booking of appointments for precaution dose through CoWIN portal started from Saturday. However, the ministry has clarified that there would be no need for new registration for precaution dose.

Earlier, the government said precaution dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be given to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 years and above with comorbidities will be the same as that of the first two jabs. “Those who have received the primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield and those who had received Covaxin would be administered Covaxin,” NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said.

Earlier, the government said the precaution dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be given to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those aged 60 years and above with comorbidities will be the same as that of the first two jabs. “Those who have received the primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield and those who had received Covaxin would be administered Covaxin,” NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said.

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Published Date: January 12, 2022 5:46 PM IST

Updated Date: January 12, 2022 6:11 PM IST