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Covid-19 vaccines to be available in India soon: minister

Covid-19 vaccines to be available in India soon minister

After reviewing the dry run at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, Vardhan said the Centre has started a new COVID platform to track particulars of potential vaccine beneficiaries and also issue electronic certificates to them.

None of the vaccinated diplomats, global organization representatives or employees at Chinese firms, who went to countries of high virus risk, contracted the COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus, despite their close contact with infected locals, CNBG said.

China National Biotec Group (CNBG) has administered more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of January 4 via China's emergency use program, the company said late on Thursday.

Chennai: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that in the next few days, the government will be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to the countrymen as the second dry run for the mass vaccination began in 736 districts across 33 States/UTs.

The health ministry said the objective of the mock drill was to simulate the actual vaccine administration event.

The health ministry said the vaccine will be supplied to the identified consignee points of 19 states and union territories - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - by the supplier. At the same time, 37 coronary vaccine centers have been set up. It was conducted to familiarise the state, district, block, and hospital-level officers on all aspects of the COVID-19 rollout. "Those who are left out, may be in some medical or dental colleges, we have requested them to register", he told reporters after visiting a private hospital in Bengaluru where the dry run was conducted.

He informed that vaccine will be administered only with the consent of the pre-registered recipient/beneficiary and in the first phase of vaccination, 1.6 lakh Health Care Workers (HCWs) from private and public facilities will be inoculated, followed by frontline corona warriors including police, revenue officials and other field staff, and subsequently, the elderly and the people with co-morbidities.

Around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are expected in the country at the end of January.

Vardhan had earlier on Thursday directed all States/Union Territories to be vigilant against rumours and disinformation campaigns regarding the safety and efficacy of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.

The country's drugs regulator on Sunday granted restricted emergency use approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield and also to indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech.