WHO's technical advisory group to meet on Oct 26 to take call on Covaxin EUL | India News

WHO’s technical advisory group to meet on Oct 26 to take call on Covaxin EUL | India News


HYDERABAD: The technical advisory group (TAG) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be meeting on October 26 to consider emergency use listing (EUL) for indigenously developed Covaxin, WHO‘s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan has said.
“WHO has been working closely with Bharat Biotech to complete the dossier. Our goal is to have a broad portfolio of vaccines approved for emergency use and to expand access to populations everywhere,” Swaminathan tweeted late on Sunday night.

The latest tweet by the global health body’s chief scientist comes after WHO tweeted on October 5, following a meeting of its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) to discuss Covaxin’s EUL application, that a final decision on Covaxin would be taken the week after.
“WHO & an independent group of experts are scheduled to meet next week to carry out the risk/benefit assessment and come to a final decision whether to grant Emergency Use Listing to Covaxin,” WHO had tweeted on October 5.
“Covaxin manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, has been submitting data to WHO on a rolling basis & submitted additional info at WHO’s request on 27 September. WHO experts are currently reviewing this info & if it addresses all questions raised, WHO assessment will be finalized next week,” WHO said.

WHO had also pointed out that the EUL process carried out by it and the technical advisory group of independent experts is centred on determining if a manufactured product, like a vaccine, is quality-assured, safe and effective.
On September 29, WHO had updated the decision date for Covaxin EUL to October 2021 in its latest EUL guidance document for Covid-19 vaccines from the “yet to be confirmed” status.





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