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Fact Check: Media Reports Saying Covaxin Doesn’t Have WHO EUL For 15-18 Age Group; Govt Terms Reports Misleading

New Delhi: Certain media reports have suggested that the approval for Covaxin for the 15-18 age group has been given despite WHO not having accorded Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to its use for the age group. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has termed such reports as “highly ill-informed, misleading and far from the truth”.

It clarified that guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and that at no place the guidelines mention about EUL by WHO.

The guidelines issued by the ministry on December 27, 2021, for the 15-18 age group state that “for such beneficiaries, option for vaccination would only be available for Covaxin as this is the only vaccine with EUL for the age-group 15-18”.

The EUL was accorded by CDSCO, the national regulator, for Covaxin for 12-18 age group on December 24, 2021, it pointed out. All these details are available on the ministry’s website, it added.