Indian health minister tests positive for COVID-19 after getting vaccine trial dose

Indian health minister tests positive for COVID-19 after getting vaccine trial dose

- An Indian minister of health was one of those who volunteered to be administered a trial dose of a coronavirus vaccine

- A few weeks after, Anil Vij has announced that his COVID-19 test came back positive and he has been admitted

- The minister is said to have taken only one dose of the vaccine which is a two-dose schedule, given 28 days apart

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Anil Vij, Haryana health minister, who was recently given a trial dose of corona vaccine, Covaxin, has tested COVID-19 positive.

The 67-year-old minister shared the news on Twitter on Saturday, December 5, as he urged all those who had come in close contact with him to get themselves tested.

According to Vij, he is on admission at the Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt.

See his tweet below:

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Reactions trail the minister's announcement

Vij's revelation has sparked reactions on his Twitter page as many wished him a speedy recovery.

Indian health minister Anil Vij
Indian health minister Anil Vij got one shot of the trial dose of COVID vaccine Covaxin weeks ago. Photo Credit: @anilvijminister
Source: Twitter

@LG23India wrote:

"Wishing you speedy recovery. You were brave to volunteer for the vaccine trial. Although the vaccine didn't exactly protect you but may be this means that the vaccine only protects against severe infection."

One of those in the comment section with the Twitter handle @Seth_Chaitanya7 was of the opinion that the vaccine administered to the minister was not effective

In response, @sumeetbhasin stated:

"It's not the case: We need 2 doses of the vaccine, 2nd one is administered on 28th day from the date when 1st dose was given. It's being widely reported in media that it takes 15 days from 2nd dose for vaccine to be effective. Over all it takes 42 days for results."

Volunteer for clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine

Vij's announcement is coming barely two weeks after he took part as one of the volunteers in the third phase trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

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He made the announcement on Twitter.

Former American presidents volunteer

In a separate report by, the trio of former United States presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, promised to volunteer themselves to get their COVID-19 vaccines in the public to boost the public trust on the vaccine.

According to the former presidents, this would help in the awareness campaign on the vaccines, its safety and effectiveness to tackle the COVID-19 infection.

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Meanwhile, in a major step in the fight against COVID-19, the government of the United Kingdom authorised the Pfizer COVID vaccine for the treatment of the coronavirus infection, obviously the first of its kind from the west.

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