The Covid-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) will review the findings of a study conducted by Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC) on blending and matching of the Covid-19 vaccine at a meeting on Wednesday. “The meeting will be held tomorrow (Wednesday),” a senior government official confirmed.
NTAGI has a three-tier decision-making system. Working group first level.
After review by the working group, which will consider the evidence submitted from the research and review the existing scientific literature on the subject. It will then be taken up by NTAGI’s Permanent Technical Sub-Committee (STSC), second tier.
STSC members will again review the evidence, discuss the working group’s recommendations and come to a conclusion. They then forward it to NTAGI’s core group, which makes the final decision.
Winsley Rose, chief investigator of the CMC Vellore study, is also in the process of submitting a report to the drug regulator, he told ET on Tuesday. “We will submit a report today or tomorrow. We have to acknowledge them and give them time to present the results of the study before the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under the Drug Control Regulatory Authority of India,” he said.
After review by both NTAGI and SEC, the government will decide on mixing and matching the Covid-19 vaccines. Defence93