Union Government today categorically said, Covaxin vaccine does not contain newborn calf serum at all. Denying some social media posts regarding composition of the Covaxin, it said the calf serum is not an ingredient of the final vaccine product. It also said, Newborn Calf Serum is used only for preparation and growth of vero cells.

Different kinds of bovine and other animal serum are standard enrichment ingredient used globally for vero cell growth. Vero cells are used to establish cell lives which help in production of vaccines. This technique has been used for decades in Polio, Rabies, and Influenza vaccines.
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