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18-19 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in pipeline: Union Health Minister

In the next two to three weeks, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be started for people above 50 years of age

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About 18-19 vaccine candidates against COVID-19 are in the pipeline and in different clinical trial stages, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

Addressing the media, Vardhan said that in the next two to three weeks, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be started for people above 50 years of age.

He further said that India will be supplying vaccines to 20-25 other countries.

Dispelling rumours surrounding the vaccines, Vardhan said the vaccines in the public domain are safe and effective.

He said no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 188 districts of the country in the last seven days, while no new cases have been reported in 21 districts in 21 days.

Vardhan further urged people to keep following COVID appropriate behaviour.

“It is crucial that people continue to follow COVID appropriate behaviour which I call social vaccine, along with real vaccines,” he said.

(Edits by EP News Bureau)

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