The Oxford’s AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 which is also known as ‘Covishield’ in India have been going on smoothly in India. The vaccine has not yet shown any side effects.
Covishield, the possible vaccine for the coronavirus is currently in Phase 2 and Phase 3 human clinical trials in the country.
Oxford University is developing the phase 3 human trial of the coronavirus vaccine and it is being manufactured by the SIT (Serum Institute of India). On September 17, the trial began at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune. On September 23, the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai began the phase II and phase III trials of the coronavirus vaccine.
Moreover, some of the candidates of coronavirus vaccine trials have received the second dosage. They have also not shown any side effects so far.
However, some candidates had a fever after getting a dosage of the coronavirus vaccine. A top scientist who was involved in the procedure said that the reaction was a mild reaction and there is nothing to be alarmed about, reported ThePrint.
According to some investigators, having fever after the dosage is considered a common and mild side-effect of vaccines.
In September, the AstraZeneca Plc said it has paused a late-stage trial of one of the leading coronavirus vaccine candidates after an unexplained illness in a study participant. “Our standard review process was triggered and we voluntarily paused vaccination to allow review of safety data by an independent committee,” Michele Meixell, a spokesperson, said.
The human trials were resumed a few days later.
The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has partnered with British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca for manufacturing the coronavirus vaccine candidate, being developed by the University of Oxford, UK.
The first phase trial results were published in The Lancet medical journal. It stated that the vaccine AZD1222 had a positive response and it did not have any serious side effects.
The researches added that this vaccine may have some minor side effects. However, they further added that some side effects could be removed by taking paracetamol.