Vaccines to be purchased from many companies for India: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Talking through video conferencing, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that many companies will be approached to supply vaccines in large numbers in view of the large population of the country
New Delhi: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday that the Coronavirus vaccine is likely to be ready by early next year. In view of the country’s large population, many companies will be approached to supply a large number of vaccines.
Addressing the 21st meeting of the Group of Ministers constituted for Covid-19 through video conferencing on Tuesday, the Union Minister also discussed the current situation and other aspects related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
He expressed concern over the possibility of an outbreak of Coronavirus in the upcoming festive season and appealed to everyone to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines during the festival. He also said that the risk of Coronavirus increases in cold weather.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan thanked the Coronavirus warriors who have been fighting the Coronavirus for several months. He said that most of the 6227295 people in India have recovered from the Coronavirus and the national average recovery rate in the country is 86.78 percent.
The country has the lowest death toll from Coronavurs at 1.53 percent in the world. There are 1927 Covid testing laboratories operating across the country for testing of Coronavirus, due to which the daily testing capacity of the country has increased to an average of 1.5 million.
Dr. Sajit Kumar Singh, Director of the Centers for Disease Control (NCDC), who attended the meeting, presented a detailed report to the Group of Ministers about how data-driven government policies have helped control the Coronavirus epidemic in the country.
At the meeting, he presented the total number of Covid positive cases, deaths due to the virus, rate of increase in infections. These data were compared with the global scenario, showing how India is properly dealing with Covid pandemic due to planned decisions. He said that the fight against the virus has had positive results.
He said that the rate of recovery from Coronavirus in Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Deu is highest in the country at 96.25 percent, followed by Andaman and Nicobar Islands at 93.98 percent and Bihar at 93.89 percent.
Dr. Singh expressed concern that influenza and viral diseases have spread this season, but the cases are not reported properly due to Coronavirus. He informed the Group of Ministers that an advisory in this regard has been issued to examine the symptoms of influenza with Covid-19.
Population to be given priority for vaccine
Dr. Vinod Pal, Member, NITI Aayog informed the Group of Ministers on the ongoing process of developing the Coronavirus vaccine across the country and the world. He gave the population information based on recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO) about which groups should be given priority to deliver the Covid vaccine.
They divided coronavirus mortality by gender and age to determine which group of Coronavirus infections are at greater risk.
In the meeting of the Group of Ministers, Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rajesh Bhushan stressed the need to keep the Coronavirus positive at 5 percent and the death rate below 1 percent, saying that it is important to maintain the pace of investigation. He said that it is very important to follow the procedure according to Covid-19.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Shipping (Independent Charge) Manik Lal Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey were also present at the meeting.