Pune, August 27
A 48-year-old physician who was administered the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate, says he was impressed by immunology greats Louis Pasteur and Edward Jenner to volunteer for the second part trial in Pune.
The man, who was administered the vaccine candidate dose on Wednesday, mentioned his very important indicators are regular and he has resumed routine work.
“As I work in the healthcare sector, I know vaccines have made a huge difference in the quality of human life. When I read the history of vaccination, I got inspired by pioneers Louis Pasteur and Edward Jenner who performed the trials on themselves. They inspired me to volunteer,” he instructed PTI.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was a French chemist who proved that germs trigger illness, and developed vaccines for anthrax and rabies, whereas Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was an English physician and discoverer of vaccination for smallpox.
The volunteer mentioned he had additionally volunteered 10 years in the past for scientific trials for a vaccine towards the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.
The phase-II scientific trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, began on the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital right here on Wednesday, with two volunteers being administered the Covishield vaccine.
Hospital authorities mentioned the identification of the volunteers can’t be revealed.
The physician mentioned his 21-year-old daughter had additionally volunteered herself through the trial of a vaccine on cervical most cancers in 2014.
“My daughter, who is pursuing a B Tech degree, has volunteered and become eligible for the (Covishield) trial as her reports COVID-19 and antibody came negative,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he’s feeling good that he and his daughter might develop into a small half within the struggle towards the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering for the trial. This is a noble and world effort for mankind, he added.
“Since yesterday, my vital signs are normal and I have started my routine work,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he has labored as a trainer on the medical faculty and tried to create consciousness among the many medical college students in regards to the vaccination trials. “To lead by an example, I volunteered myself for the H1N1 vaccine trial,” he mentioned.
The volunteer mentioned as per the ICMR panel norms, he’s entitled to get travelling allowance for the hospital visits.
“If the volunteer has some health issues during the trial period, the treatment is free,” he mentioned.
The second volunteer, a 32-year-old man, who’s a PhD holder in statistics and works in a personal agency, mentioned he was excited to develop into part of the trial.
“When I came to know about the trials through social media, I approached the hospital and enrolled myself for the voluntary vaccination trial,” mentioned the individual, who hails from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. PTI