Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination programme that is all set to begin on Saturday. Around 3 lakh healthcare workers are likely to receive the shot on day 1 of the vaccination drive.
The vaccination campaign will start from 3,000 sites across the country on Saturday and 100 people will be vaccinated at each site. The number of sites will be gradually increased across the country. Media reports suggest that PM Modi is likely to virtually interact with healthcare workers after their vaccination.
30 crore people to be vaccinated in phase 1
In the first phase, the government intends to vaccinate 30 crore people. It includes 3 crore health workers and nearly 27 crore people above the age of 50 years. Notably, the Centre has allotted vaccines to states based on the data of their healthcare workers.
Two vaccines approved by India
The Union government has procured 1.1 crore doses of Covishield—a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford and manufactured locally by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. The government has also procured 55 lakh doses of Covaxin—a vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech. The first batches of the two vaccines have been received by several states in the country.
Covishield and Covaxin were approved by the Indian drug regulator earlier this month for “restricted emergency use”. Pfizer too had applied for a government nod for its COVID-19 vaccine. However, the same is yet to be granted. The government has asked the company to meet the prerequisite of local clinical trials for securing approval.
Over 1.05 cr COVID-19 cases
The health ministry on Thursday informed that 16,946 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 past 1.05 crore.
Also, 198 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 1,51,727.
Of the over 1.05 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 2.13 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is above 2 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.01 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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