Congress leader shared RTI reply, said - Modi government had to first tell that calves are being killed for the vaccine

Congress leader shared RTI reply, said - Modi government had to first tell that calves are being killed for the vaccine
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Cow's calf serum is used to make Covaxin. For this, a calf less than 20 days old is killed. This claim has been made by Congress's National Coordinator Gaurav Pandhi on Wednesday. Pandhi shared documents found in response to an RTI. He has claimed that this reply has been given by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on the RTI of a person named Vikas Patni.

Calf serum is used for the revival process of viro cells. It is being used to make covaxin. Pandhi said that the Narendra Modi government has accepted that Bharat Biotech's vaccine contains cow's calf serum. This is very bad. This information should have been communicated to the people earlier.

Earlier it was also claimed in a research paper that the serum of newborn animal's blood is used to make Covaxin. It is not being used in a vaccine for the first time. It is an essential part of all biological research.

The research claimed to use Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) with 5% to 10% of newborn calf serum for covaccine. DMEM contains many essential nutrients, which are necessary for the cell to divide.

Dr. Anand Ranganathan claimed that info by Gaurav pandhi is totally false and covaxin doesn't have newborn calf serum.

He added -

Calves are NOT slaughtered for it. Calf serum is used ONLY for growing cells to make more of the virus. This information is ALREADY in public domain since September 2020.