Congress parliamentarian Manish Tewari made a pointed query to the Union Health Minister through a tweet: “Till yesterday NDA/BJP claimed Covaxin has been cleared for emergency use. Today by not allowing the recipient to pick a vaccine of his choice, is NDA/BJP making Guinea pigs out of Indians @drharshvardhan? Is roll out The REAL Phase-3 Trial of Covaxin?”
With this, Tewari joined some others in objecting to the rollout of Covaxin, till its efficacy and reliability is completely established and phase-3 trials are over. “It (the government) should act in a manner whereby there’s complete confidence in people. You can’t use rollout as a phase 3 trial, Indians are not guinea pigs,” Tewari later said.