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No Approval for Covaxin Yet, WHO Seeks Additional Clarification to Decide on EUL

The WHO Technical Advisory Group may meet for the final risk-benefit assessment on 3 November.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has sought additional data to decide on much-awaited Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Indian-made COVID vaccine Covaxin.

The Technical Advisory Group of WHO has sought additional clarification from vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech to decide on granting EUL approval to Covaxin, said a source.

The WHO's Technical Advisory Group, in a meeting on Tuesday, agreed to conduct the final risk assessment only after receiving additional data from manufacturer.

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Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech is expected to submit the data by this weekend. The Technical Advisory Group may meet for the final risk-benefit assessment on 3 November. The company also submitted additional information at WHO's request on 27 September.

The Technical Advisory Group for Emergency Use Listing (TAG-EUL) provides recommendations to WHO on whether a COVID-19 vaccine can be listed for emergency use under the EUL procedure.

(Published in arrangement with IANS)

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