PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with several senior officers to discuss India’s vaccination strategy. The meeting was attended by foreign secretary Harshvardhan Shringla, NITI Aayog’s VK Paul, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba and principal secretary to the PM Dr PK Misra. Various officials from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), ministry of health and welfare and the department of science and technology were also present at the meeting.
PM also added in his tweet that this meeting was held to prioritise the population groups, reaching out to healthcare workers, augmenting cold-chain infrastructure, adding vaccinators and some tech platforms for vaccine roll-out. The centre has already asked states to finalise the priority list for COVID vaccine and create a three tier immune system for the vaccination.
Covishield, which is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India(SII) under an agreement with Oxford Astrazeneca has shown high immune response in phase 2 trials. Global firms like Pfizer and Moderna have shown 95 percent efficacy in their phase 3 trials. However, the doses of these vaccines will not be available in optimised quantity to fulfill India’s requirement.
Earlier, union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that he is hopeful to get a vaccine in next three to four months. He added that priority for the vaccine will be based on the scientific data. Healthcare workers, corona warriors will be prioritised followed by elderly and diseases-prone people.
At present, the Government has high hopes on the five vaccine candidates which are being clinically tested. India is looking for multiple vaccines for its large population.
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