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COVID vaccines

India approves 2 more COVID vaccines, Merck's antiviral drug

Inoculation to be expanded to 15-18 age group in anticipation of omicron wave

India has approved molnupiravir to treat adult patients.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is stepping up defenses against a possible third wave of coronavirus infections caused by omicron by implementing a slew of measures, including approving two more vaccines as well as Merck's COVID-19 pill, and expanding its inoculation drive to those aged 15 to 18.

India's Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted on Tuesday that the country "has given 3 approvals in a single day" for the Corbevax and Covovax vaccines, and antiviral drug molnupiravir for restricted use.

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