Covaxin: The best vaccine you can’t get

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Recently published results of the phase 3 clinical trial for Covaxin shows that it is 93% effective in preventing serious disease.

By Craig Snyder

The recently published results of the phase 3 clinical trial for the Covid-19 candidate vaccine, Covaxin, are an astounding blessing for the world — a world in which more people have died from Covid in the first half of 2021 than in all of 2020, with the most dangerous variants so far ravaging the large swaths of humanity where vaccination rates are mostly less than 1%.

Here are key facts about Covaxin, now fully established:

  1. Covaxin is 93% effective in preventing serious disease.
  1. Compared to other publicly available data it shows the best neutralization titers against variants of concern, Delta and Beta, and even out performs on those measures compared with people previously infected with the original COVID-19 strain.
  1. It has an unsurpassed safety profile. With nearly 7,000,000 patients dosed to date, there is no evidence of the rare side effects or complications associated with other vaccines, including facial paralysis, blood clots and heart inflammation.
  1. In the phase 3 study, in addition to showing no sign of serious adverse events, neither did Covaxin make it’s recipients feel sick or miss work after being dosed. More specifically, Covaxin’s adverse events were NO GREATER THAN the placebo group.
  1. Covaxin is the easiest vaccine for transport and storage. It is ideal for stockpiling, with up to three months stability at room temperature and a two-year shelf-life. As such, Covaxin can solve much of the accessibility and waste issues associated with the attempts at distribution of the existing vaccines, particularly in the developing world.

For all of these reasons, Covaxin is the best Covid vaccine Americans can’t (yet) get.

Covaxin’s now fully demonstrated efficacy, and it’s basis on time tested manufacturing processes, used for decades for routine childhood vaccines like polio, means it is the best tool to address the hesitancy of millions of Americans with respect to the MNRA vaccines and a potentially crucial tool for the mass immunization of humanity, outside the few already highly vaccinated countries. That is, in turn, the best protection the already vaccinated can have from the potential emergence of new variants which could continue to erode, or even fully escape from, the protection currently offered by the MRNA vaccines.

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Also, because of its basis on the same platform historically used to manufacture childhood vaccines, Covaxin is also likely to prove to be the answer to how to vaccinate America’s younger children, many millions of who are still today being deprived of normal social interactions and prevented, behind masks, from seeing the smiles of their friends.

Covaxin is a modern medical miracle. Developed by the brilliant scientific community in India, while making use of a critical new technology component developed in the United States (with taxpayer funds from the National Institutes of Health), this de facto joint product of the world’s largest democracy and its oldest and wealthiest, must surely not be treated by the Biden Administration as too late to matter in the pandemic, but rather should be seen as arriving just in time to materially help truly end the pandemic in the US and on a global scale.

(*Snyder is President and CEO of Indigo Global Corporation. He is a registered federal lobbyist for Ocugen, the US company holding the exclusive license to develop, distribute and manufacture Covaxin in the US and Canada. This opinion column is intended solely to express Snyder’s personal views.)


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  1. Way to go Indian science. Covaxin appears to be the solution the world is looking for not those 1234567 killer mRNA and viral vector 1234.
    India, use you economic clout and future status to insist that N. American and European countries offer your Covaxin as an option to their citizens. Apparently it is the only true vaccine that is available in the world to date.

  2. Henry Nguyen

    San Diego California here. I would pay to be vaccinated with Covaxin. I don’t care if its not FDA approved yet. I truly believe that Covaxin is the safest for me and my family. I don’t want to be forced to take an mRNA vaccine.
    I will not be getting vaccinated till Covaxin is available.

  3. We have taken the jabs, and felt happy as the side effects were minimal, like the local injected place pain for about one night. From next day just like normal human being. The effect looks good but I have no capacity to move out with out mask as my age is above 63.

    • Babu Joeph

      Me and wife aged 69 and 71 and, were taken Covaxin, and now 50 days has passed and for us, there no side effects and so far no any problem.

  4. N C Anantha Krishna

    We have taken covishield. Is it okay ?

  5. Vinod chopra lahori gate kapurthala pb.

    I & my second half got the both jabs of covaxin we have no side effects . Its non to second

  6. Me and my parents taking covaxin there was no side effects. Thanks for all…

  7. Has anyone whoever want to get jab of Covaxin try to get reports which shows 93% effective. Is it another fake article to promote Covaxin?

  8. WaitingforCovaxin

    Doublemasker; very heartening to read your comments which I parrot exactly. I wonder how many more Americans are as frustrated as we are? The abortion connection is a deal-breaker for many thousands of Americans who want a vaccine, and when the FDA recently rejected the EUA for Covaxin I just shook my head. The recent positive Phase III returns on Covaxin appear to strengthen the overall position of this vaccine. How much longer must we wait?!

  9. I took both doses of Covaxin. No side effect except local pain on the injection side.

  10. Kshitij Jain

    Covaxin is the only vaccine which use inactivated coronavirus ,that means it will fight all variants of corona..since it use dead corona virus therfore no side effect…it have used old models of polio vaccine methodology which us tried and tested…only non mRNA vaccine…all mRNA vaccines are just spike proteins ..therfore they can be useful for some variants not fir every variant

  11. Covaxin is lifesafer for many India with very high l3vel efficiency and less amount of side effects compare to any other vaxin in the world. Many thanks to Indian scientists and research team.

  12. Everyone young and old in our family taken COVAXIN, with no side-efftets.

  13. Zero side effects, best efficiency

  14. doublemasker

    Not everyone who isn’t yet vaccinated is vaccine adverse or cavalier. Many have real concerns about the ones available to Americans.
    We’ve followed the ups and downs of Covaxin news for months and really hoped it would be available by now. It uses proven vaccine technology, does not use still experimental mRNA, and most importantly for us, has 0 connection in any stage of its development with fetal cell lines.
    It has been so thoroughly vetted, we would be willing at this point to participate in a stateside trial. Hoping the hurdles to its approval here can be quickly overcome. Meanwhile, we double mask and wait.

  15. suba prakash

    yes, well said and a person came forward to say it loud and clear (no side effects) thank you Craig synder

    • Mister Doctor

      Craig Snyder is himself involved in the distribution and manufacturing of Covaxin in US and Canada

      That’s like getting assurance from McDonalds that Burgers don’t make u fat

      What else do u expect from this guy? He will say whatever it takes to get Covaxin to US so he can earn profits

      • And you? What do you have to say against Covaxin?
        People should have the freedom to choose whichever Vaccine they feel comfortable to let it into their bodies.
        Anything wrong with people choosing what is best for them?

      • how can he manufacture and distribute a vaccine which is not approved by US?

  16. Jim Simspon

    Sorry, NVAX is better.

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