Covid-19: Experts question vaccine approvals, say key info must be made public
Several experts have raised questions on the approval process of the two Covid-19 vaccines, Covishield of Serum Institute and Covan of Bharat Biotech by the drug controller general of India (DCGI).
Former president of the International Association of Bioethics, Dr Anant Bhan, pointed out that the only other countries to approve vaccines without making the efficacy data public were Russia and China. "It is important to build confidence in the regulatory process. But here, a lot of clinicians are unsure and they are asking which vaccine actually works. There is no confidence in the way the approvals were done and in a language that seems to be more creative writing than based on any law," said Dr Bhan.
Dr Gangandeep Kang, noted vaccine expert and AIDAN have questioned the claim that Covan would work against the UK strain of Covid pointing out that there was no data or scientific basis to back the claim.
"What is the local efficacy data on the basis of which the expert committee recommended approval for the two vaccines? It is shocking that while Bharat Biotech is struggling to complete recruitment of volunteers for phase-3 trial, the approval was given. So what did the SEC base the approval on?" asked Dr Amar Jesani, editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.
《印度医学伦理学杂志》的编辑Amar Jesani博士问道：“专家委员会建议批准这两种疫苗的本土疗效数据是什么? 令人震惊的是，当巴拉特生物技术公司正在努力完成第三阶段试验的志愿者招募时，疫苗已经获批了，批准的依据是什么?”
"We need to wait for at least the early results from that Bharat Biotech phase-3 trial before approval. Yes, there is a pandemic, and we need vaccines. But it is equally important that the public have absolute trust in a vaccine that is approved," said Dr JN Rao, an independent public health physician, researcher, and visiting professor at Staffordshire University.
Who are these jokers being called experts??
When country is in hands of an arrogant, illiterate person then these things will happen. We r going towards dark ages, that's sure.
Modi and his gang is hell bent on taking the credit for vaccine through fake propoganganda from thier godi media channels, though they are no way related to development of these vaccines, they are putting lives of millions on stake for thier ego.
Public do not understand the technicalities.
We don't want the details. We believe in DCGI and IMCR and the PM. The experts who raise the questions already have vested interests.
There is excessive enthusiasm to prove India is leading just like other super powers in vaccine efforts. An apparent nationalistic approach which can put millions at risk.
My dear experts..hitler reborn in india... so don't expect anything
Relevant authorities understands everything and they are experts.
TOI should stop suchb articles and should not add confusion to people!
I have full confidence on Indian researchers and technicians, though they might be working when BJP or Congress is in center. doubters can have chinese vaccines or go to Italy to get a shot of it
Govt has said there are no side effects, what more proof we need. The govt has not lied to you before, has it?
Those who don't believe the vaccine may opt not to take the vaccine. This will save some tax payer's money and the vaccine will be available to those who want it.
Pranav Kumar Jha
let's politicians first get the vaccine ..
even in crises periods, we ,Indians, cannot come together
Now there will be some wishy-washy answer by go nment!
Do these idiots understand emergency approval? Why so much fuzz! The vaccine has been approved for emergency use unlike China and Russia where they have released for public administration.
no credentials in these people to call them expert...
Attention seeking behaviour...don't spread rumours