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World’s Largest Vaccination Drive In Numbers

New Delhi:

Nearly a 12 months after India reported its first case of coronavirus from Kerala, the “start of the end of the pandemic”, as Health Minister Harsh Vardhan described it on Friday, started this morning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the nationwide rollout. The authorities has focused the vaccination of 1 crore healthcare staff and a couple of crore frontline staff within the first section.

Across the nation, states have equipped for the duty after three dry runs – two of them nationwide – in the previous couple of weeks. India’s Covid tally surged to 1.05 crore circumstances this morning with 15,158 new infections; over 1.5 lakh sufferers have died because the starting of the pandemic.

In 700 districts, about 1.5 lakh employees have been educated to manage the pictures and hold information. The rollout started this morning at some 3,000 websites throughout all states and union territories; round 100 individuals can be vaccinated at every session website. The World Health Organisation congratulated India on “world’s largest coronavirus drive” in a sequence of tweets. 

It’s not doable to vaccinate your complete nation at this level, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had stated earlier.

“From healthcare workers to municipal workers — all such people are part of priority groups. This is 3 crore in total. After that, 27 crore people will get vaccinated (in the second phase),” he had stated. In the second section, the main target can be on these above the age of 50 years and people beneath 50 who’ve co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension and different power circumstances.

Two vaccines have been cleared by the drug regulator DCGI – Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, developed in partnership with the Oxford University and European agency AstraZeneca, and Bharat Biotech’s homegrown Covaxin, developed in partnership with high medical physique ICMR.

The centre and never the states will bear the price for the primary section to vaccinate the well being staff, PM Modi stated on Monday after a gathering with healthcare staff.


The Covishield vaccine has been priced at Rs 200 a dose after a value settlement was arrived at with the federal government, sources stated. Eleven million doses can be equipped to the federal government within the preliminary tranche. Earlier this week, the SII despatched first batches of the doses to 13 cities; Covaxin was dispatched the subsequent day.

The authorities has labored laborious to counter considerations raised by well being consultants and the opposition about Covaxin which has not accomplished Phase Three trials below which the efficacy of the drug is examined.

Four extra COVID-19 vaccines -Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated Zydus Cadila, Sputnik V, Biological E and Gennova – are anticipated to be cleared within the coming months, the Health Ministry had stated earlier this week.

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