Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the government aims to administer 400-500 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to approximately 25 crore people by July 2021. Harsh Vardhan said that there is an expert body that is looking into all aspects related to the coronavirus vaccines.
He added that the Union government will ensure that there is a fair and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines, once they are ready.
He was responding to questions of his social media followers on the fourth episode of ‘Sunday Samvad’.
What did Harsh Vardhan say?
Harsh Vardhan said: “Our rough estimate and the target would be to receive and utilise 400 to 500 million doses covering approximately 25 crore people by July 2021.”
“Our utmost priority is how to ensure vaccine for each and everybody in the country.”
“Topmost priority in coronavirus immunisation is to be given to frontline healthcare workers,” he added.
The list of frontline health workers will include both government, as well as private-sector doctors, nurses, paramedics, sanitary staff, ASHA workers, surveillance officers and many other occupational categories who are involved in tracing, testing and treatment of patients.
No black-marketing of vaccines
The minister assured a respondent that there would be no diversion or black-marketing. “Coronavirus vaccines will be distributed as per pre-decided priority and in a programmed manner. To ensure transparency and accountability, details of the entire process will be shared in the coming months,” he said.
He said side-effects post-vaccination is common and is usually self-limiting. He added that side-effects do not affect the vaccine’s protective response.
Follow coronavirus guidelines, urges Harsh Vardhan
The Union minister urged all people to follow coronavirus guidelines during the festival season. He also appealed to be responsible citizens.
Over 65.49 lakh COVID-19 cases in India
The health ministry on Sunday informed that 75,829 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 65.49 lakh.
So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.
Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.
1.01 lakh deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 940 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,01,782.
Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 1,000 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 1000-mark on September 29 when 776 deaths were reported and on October 4 when 940 deaths were reported. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.
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