Haryana Health Minister and Senior BJP leader Anil Vij, who had offered to be the first volunteer in the phase 3 trials of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine- Covaxin, has been administered a trial dose on Friday, November 20.
The 67-year old Haryana's Health Minister and BJP leader Anil Vij was administered the dose under the supervision of a team of doctors from PGI Rohtak and the Health Department.
Anil Vij is an MLA from Ambala Cantt.
Covaxin is being developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
"I will be administered a trial dose of Coronavirus vaccine #Covaxin a Bharat Biotech product Tomorrow at 11 am at Civil hospital, Ambala Cantt under the expert supervision of a team of doctors from PGI Rohtak and Health Department. I have volunteered to take the trial dose," Haryana Health Minister earlier said.
He further said "Trial for third phase of Covaxin, a coronavirus vaccine product of Bharat Biotech to start in Haryana on November 20. I have offered myself as the first volunteer to get vaccinated."
The company earlier said that it has successfully completed the interim analysis of Phase 1 and 2 trials and is working on Phase 3 trials.
The phase-3 trials from November 20 involve 26,000 volunteers across India and will be conducted in partnership with ICMR.
This is India's first Phase-3 vaccine trial ever conducted.