A team of experts has been sent to the Gauteng province in South Africa, which has accounted for almost 80% of the cases over the past week.
INSACOG says low levels of neutralising antibodies from current vaccines are unlikely to be sufficient to neutralise Omicron, but adds that the 'risk of severe disease is still likely to be reduced'.
Such devices were already on the market, but IIT Madras researchers wanted to make them better and cheaper for India.
The death toll climbed to 4,70,115 with 391 fatalities while an increase of 213 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours, the health ministry said.
The study looked at safety, immune response and side-effects of seven vaccines — Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Janssen, Moderna, Valneva and Curevac.
Govt says the two cases would not change its current priority of vaccinating the unvaccinated and completing the immunisation process of all adults in the country.
With fears around the Omicron variant and a small surge in cases, Telangana is also aiming for 100% vaccination coverage by the end of December, state government says.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Thursday that 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination campaign has also led to a 5.9% rise in the first dose coverage till 30 November 2021.
With Omicron on the prowl and decision pending on vaccinating children, government may wait before using the one crore doses of ZyCoV-D, the only vaccine licensed for use in minors
The infected patients are 66-year-old and 46-year-old persons. Contact tracing is on, government says.