Legendary US Tennis Player Jimmy Connors served the biggest ace of his life backing all his might for India’s COVAXIN, urging the nation to approve the widely administered Bharat Biotech COVID-19 vaccine.
This tweet of Jimmy Connors, has become a big chorus in the US, amid surging COVID-19 cases in the US.
The star player called on the Biden government and the country’s regulatory authority to recognise India’s indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine for its vaccination programme.
His comment came after the US set a single-day record of new infections on Tuesday, with 441,278 COVID-19 cases.
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors has now urged the US government to allow COVAXIN “get in the game”.
COVAXIN Finds huge support from Jimmy Connors – call for the vaccine in USA
COVAXIN is developed by Hyderabad-based Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology, the Indian Council of Medical Research (NIV-ICMR). COVAXIN is administered in a two-dose regimen, 28 days apart.
The vaccine was approved for emergency use in India for people aged 18 and above. The World Health Organisation (WHO) too added the vaccine to its list of approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines last month.
The WHO had granted approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for COVAXIN after thorough research. It was recognized after a Technical Advisory Group determined if the COVID-19 vaccine met WHO standards for protection against the coronavirus.
Now, the American tennis star has made an appeal to the US government to follow the same and recognize the vaccine as the country witnessed a significant rise in COVID-19 cases due to the emergence new coronavirus variant Omicron.
Amid the surge of the new Omicron variant in the US, children admitting in the hospitals is creating near-record numbers, with specialists lamenting the fact that most of the children have been unvaccinated.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 334 children, who are 17 and under that age, were admitted to hospitals with the coronavirus disease each day during the week of December 21 to 27. This is a 58 per cent rise than the previous week.
Over a year after Covid-19 vaccine was rolled out in the country, new cases have surged to their highest level on record, more than doubled at over 2,65,000 per day on average, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.
With over 580,000 cases, it broke its own record for new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, as per the New York Times database.