Opposition groups called for the use of cow’s blood in an anti-corona vaccine produced in India.
The use of cow’s blood plasma to make a corona vaccine called Kovavacin produced by Bharat Biotech Company has become a topic of discussion, controversy and debate in India.
Opposition parties have sharply criticized the issue and raised questions, with Bharat Biotech Company giving an explanation. Acknowledging that cow’s serum was used to develop cells in the early stages of covavaxin research, the final formula for covavaxin did not use the baby’s blood plasma. The company claims that there is no impurity in Kova vaccine.
He says that in the early stages of vaccine research, part of a baby’s blood is used to make cells, but in the end it is used to vaccinate against viruses that have been destroyed or rendered ineffective. According to him, the baby’s serum is not used anywhere to prepare the final vaccine.
Earlier, Indian National Congress (INC) National Coordinator Gaurav Pandhi had claimed on Wednesday that a cow calf serum had been used in the vaccine.
Pandhi also shared documents obtained under the Right to Information Act stating that the serum of a child under 20 days of age would be used to make covacin. He said that the document was provided by the Central Drug Standards Control Organization in response to a request made by a person named Vikas Patni under the right to information. As soon as the document was made public, the opposition parties launched an attack on the Modi government.
India’s Union Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday that the fact that home-made covacin contains serum for newborns has been distorted and misrepresented on social media.
The ministry said that the newborn’s serum is used only for the production and development of virulent cells worldwide and that such cells are also useful in the development and production of vaccines against polio, rabies and influenza.
According to the Indian Ministry of Health, as soon as these cells develop, they are thoroughly cleaned with water or chemicals several times, which makes them free from the baby’s serum. The corona virus is then transmitted to the virulent cells and the virus develops. As the virus progresses, the cells are completely destroyed. The virus developed there is also destroyed or neutralized and used in vaccine production.