Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM, received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday at a Hyderabad hospital. Owaisi was given Covishield, an Indian version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India in Pune. Owaisi, 51, encouraged those who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Alhamdulilah took the first dose of vaccine today. Vaccination not only helps protect oneself from COVIDー19 but also reduces risk for all. I urge everyone eligible to schedule an appointment at the earliest & get themselves vaccinated. May Allah protect us from the pandemic,” he tweeted.
Owaisi, a Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, recently questioned Covishield’s effectiveness, citing reports in European media that the drug causes blood clots in people over 65. He claimed that the vaccine is ineffective in people over the age of 65.
The DGCI has approved Covishield as one of two drugs that can be used in an emergency in the country. The DGCI has approved Covaxin as the second vaccine for emergency use. Bharat Biotech, based in Hyderabad, developed Covaxin, a fully indigenous vaccine.
In this phase of Covid-19 vaccination, which began on March 1, people over 60 years old and those over 45 years old with comorbidities are being inoculated.