West Bengal’s Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim grew to become the second minister of a state authorities within the nation to be administered a shot of Covaxin, India’s first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate whose Phase III trial started right here on Wednesday.
The trial, which began on the metropolis’s ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), was inaugurated by state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
“I feel I am quite lucky to be part of the trial. I am absolutely okay after taking the shot. I do not care even if I die while undertaking this trial,” the 62-12 months-previous minister instructed reporters.
Hakim mentioned that he shall be very glad if his contribution helps within the quest for the vaccine in opposition to the coronavirus illness.
Hakim underwent vital verify-ups to confirm whether or not he was match for the shot.
At least 1,000 volunteers shall be administered the vaccine through the Phase III trial right here.
Before him, Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij was administered a dose of Covaxin final month as a part of the Phase III scientific trial .