The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said COVID19 vaccines can be administered to pregnant women as it is useful for them.

“The Ministry of Health has given guidelines that the vaccine can be given to the pregnant woman,” a media report quoted Dr. Bhargava as saying.

“COVID19 vaccine is useful for the pregnant woman and it should be given,” he added.

However, the issue of giving COVID19 vaccines to children is still debatable as there is not sufficient data available at present.

Dr. Bhargava said a country that is giving COVID19 vaccines to children currently as the necessity of vaccinating children against coronavirus is still being researched.

“Whether very small children will ever need vaccines, is still a question. Till such time, we have more data on vaccination of children, we would not be in a position to vaccinate children at large,” Dr. Bhargava added.

He said a small study on children in the 2-18 age group has been conducted and results are likely to come in by September

Meanwhile, a total of 60.73 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours across India.

With these, the total COVID19 vaccine doses, administered in the country so far, crossed the 30.79 crore mark.

India registered 51,667 new COVID19 positive cases and 1,329 more death in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

India currently has 6,12,868 active COVID19 cases and has witnessed 3,93,310 deaths so far.

As per the Union health ministry data, a total of 64,527 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 2,91,28,267 people have recovered from the deadly disease in the country.

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