A vaccine or a drug does not automatically become safe just because it was produced or manufactured in a particular country.

A vaccine or a drug should not be given special exemptions from rigourous testing just because it was produced or manufactured in a particular country.
Transparency, honesty and clarity about the trials/study are of paramount importance when it comes to science communication and dissemination of scientific information to general public.

Something that's clearly lacking from the press releases and statements of ICMR/Indian Govt
Are vaccines generally safe? YES

Would I take the vaccine even if it is in phase 2/3 clinical trial phase if I'm informed so? YES

Am I OK with misrepresentation of multiple facts? Absolutely NO.

Honesty and admitting the unknown should be the basis of good science.
Before someone takes this thread out of context and uses this to promote vaccine hesitancy or anti-vax rhetoric in general, STOP. I was just talking about the flawed communication and misrepresentation of trials of COVAXIN by Govt.

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When you find a doctor saying "i respect all systems of medicine" that just means he/she doesn't understand what evidence based medicine is. They may be genuinely humble, may have best of the intentions but unfortunately, most likely DO NOT understand the scientific methodology!
Humility is indeed great. But when humility, unintentionally is a result of not knowing what you don't know or not knowing something you are expected to know as a part of your profession which in turn gives unintentional promotion or platform to pseudoscience is a genuine concern
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If mere existence of a 'RCT' is the sole benchmark for calling something 'evidence', entirely ignoring the quality of the study then ANY treatment promoted by the pseudoscience lobby can be recommended by that logic. We can find a shoddy RCT somewhere!
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It is the 'cure for all' claims which we are against.
We are against the misrepresentations like these (in the study) claiming it to be superior to exercise somehow because it is 'yoga' you know?!

We are against being vague about definitions and trying to market it as some kind of magic cure or a secret science now being revealed!
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A link claiming the effectives of 'Yoga' improving 'all parameters' is shared. But the link doesn't give access to the full study or paper as far as we can see. Has it undergone peer review and critical appraisal? We are unsure.
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The Burden of Proof: Makers of supernatural claims have an inescapable burden of proof.


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