Par panel stresses on urgent need to develop second-generation vaccines for COVID-19

Updated: Dec 9 2022 12:12AM

New Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) A parliamentary panel has stressed on the urgent need to develop second-generation vaccines in view of the constantly mutating COVID-19 virus, encourage vaccine development on more efficient platforms and evaluate the efficacy of the existing vaccines for the disease.

The Union Health Ministry must make continuous efforts in developing vaccines that are variant-neutral and whose efficacy remains unchanged against other strains of the virus, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health said in its 137th report tabled in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

It also called upon the ministry to share the data on quality, safety and production of protective antibodies, and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in the public domain.