Kolkata: West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim became the first volunteer to take a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, in the Phase III trial here on Wednesday (December 2).

The trial, which started at the city’s ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), was inaugurated by state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

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Firhad Hakim said, “I feel I am quite lucky to be part of the trial. I am absolutely fit after taking the shot. I don’t care even if I die while undertaking this trial.”

Hakim said that he will be very happy if his contribution helps in the quest for the vaccine against the coronavirus disease.

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Hakim underwent necessary check-ups to find out whether he was having any comorbidity.

At least 1,000 volunteers will be administered the vaccine during the Phase III trial here.