India’s new vaccine strategy to study mixing doses and Covishield single-shot

India's new vaccine strategy to study mixing doses and Covishield single-shot
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In order to meet the shortage of vaccine in India, tests are going on the effectiveness of mixing vaccine doses.

The test for a single dose of the Covishield vaccine will soon begin in India. This comes at a time when the shortage of Covid shots has slowed down the vaccination drive.

As per sources, the study on mixing two different vaccines will start in a month. It will also likely be completed in two to two and a half months.

The centre will assess vaccine data recorded on a new App, which will make it easier to report adverse events after vaccination.

The platform will be linked to CoWin. It will allow people to flag their worries after a shot, after which a district officer will follow up on the cases.

Recently, 20 people were accidentally injected with two different vaccines, but the centre had ruled out any cause for concern.

Moreover, VK Paul, head of India’s Covid task force, says that in-depth research is needed to check whether mixing vaccines is effective.

This remains a key aspect of the new vaccination strategy. The government will also review the impact of extending the gap between Covishield doses.

As single dose vaccination will help the government cover a much wider base of the population.

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