The injections come as India's government attempts to rapidly scale up its vaccination campaign by deploying the 'Made-in-India' jabs.
"Got my jab. For the curious, it was [Bharat Biotech's] #Covaxin," Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's minister of external affairs, said on Twitter on Monday evening. "Felt secure, will travel safely."
India's government approved Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech, in January even though the efficacy of the vaccine was unknown. Bharat Biotech's vaccine is likely safe, according to phase I trial data from a small group of volunteers that the company published in the peer-reviewed medical The Lancet.
But nearly two months after being approved in India, Bharat Biotech has not published data saying that the vaccine is effective in preventing COVID-19 infections.
Still, the vaccine seems to have won the full support of the Indian government.
“Made-in-India vaccines are 100% safe,” Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said after receiving the vaccine on Tuesday.