Cease trials at Bhopal, NGOs write to PM

New Delhi, January 10

Organisations of survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal today wrote to PMNarendra Modi and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, alleging ethical irregularities in the ongoing Covaxin phase 3 trials at a local college and demanded that trials be stopped.

The organisations alleged that the family of a volunteer, who died on December 21, nine days after the first shot, has not yet received his informed consent form.

The organisations accused People’s Medical College of recruiting poor and illiterate participants from colonies located near Union Carbide factory and said their rights were not protected.

Bharat Biotech, the trial sponsor, had yesterday said the death was not linked to the trial. Rashida Bee, president, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Karmchari Stationery Sangh, said, “At least 700 of the 1,700 volunteers are gas tragedy victims. One of them died within 10 days of getting the trial shot and many have health issues.” — TNS

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