Haryana Health Minister Tests Positive For Covid-19
Editor’s Note: Neither the minister’s statement, nor any other public statement yet, discloses whether he was administered a placebo or a vaccine dose.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij, who got one shot of the trial dose of Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin weeks ago, on Saturday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Vij said antibodies start to develop after administration of the second dose, which is given 28 days after the first shot, and there is no protection during this period.
The 67-year-old minister was given the first shot on November 20.
Stressing that experts would know better about how the Covid vaccine works, Vij told PTI over phone: “I was told that antibodies start to develop after the second dose, which is administered after 28 days of getting the first shot. And full antibodies are developed 14 days after the second dose is given. So, the complete cycle takes 42 days. In between there is no protection.”
Asked about his condition, Vij said he has sore throat, fever and body ache.
“But overall I am okay,” Vij, who is a senior leader of the BJP and a legislator from Ambala Cantt assembly constituency, said.
Vij said that he had gone to Panipat a few days ago where he spent 2-3 hours with a BJP leader, who too has tested positive for Covid-19.
“Later, I got myself tested, but the first test returned negative. After some symptoms showed up, the second test was done which was positive today,” he said.
A three-member delegation of the Jannayak Janta Party, the BJP’s coalition partner in Haryana, had met Vij on Friday and sought withdrawal of cases registered in the state against farmers participating in the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre's farm laws.
The delegation was led by JJP's state unit chief Nishan Singh and senior party leader Digvijay Singh Chautala was also a part of it.
Yoga guru Ramdev too had met Vij here on Tuesday in his office where some mediapersons were also present.
Earlier, Chief Minister ML Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, State Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and a couple of ministers in the BJP-JJP government had contracted the virus.
Vij had offered to be the first volunteer in the phase three trials for Covaxin, an indigenous potential vaccine against Covid-19. He was administered the dose on November 20 at the Civil Hospital at Ambala Cantt.
Covaxin is being developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research.