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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 16 Mar 2021
Young or old, Indian or Pakistani, doctor or commoner – many people seem to be in line for the made-in-India vaccine! Despite the new strains and rising cases, the second phase of India’s COVID-19 vaccine drive is speeding along. Here’s an update:
Pakistan to Receive Made-in-India Vaccine
Political differences notwithstanding, India and Pakistan are united in the battle against the dreaded virus. Pakistan is due to receive 16 million doses of the Covishield vaccine from India under the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI). The quantities will be shipped free of cost and will be used to inoculate over 45 million people. The deliveries will start in mid-March. Find out more here.
Efficiency of Covishield
A study published in the Lancet journal has determined that the Covishield vaccine’s efficacy increases by 81.3 % if the two doses are administered 12 weeks apart. The study further demonstrated that people under 55 years of age were relatively quick to develop an antibody response. Read more about the survey here.
Cambodian Prime Minister Vaccinated with Covishield
Global leaders are making India proud by putting their faith in the made-in-India vaccine. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen took to social media to announce that he, along with his wife and senior officials, were recently vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine. Cambodia has received 1,00,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine from India so far. Read details here.
CDC Lists the Side Effects of Vaccine
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has stated that the most common side-effects of the COVID-19 vaccine listed are pain in the area where the vaccine is injected and symptoms mimicking short-term flu. These side-effects have been found to occur more commonly after the second dosage. Read more here.
The Centre Urges States to Leverage Private Sectors
The Centre has instructed states to activate all private facilities to participate in the vaccination drive and provide sufficient vaccines to hospitals for 15-20 days so as to not impede the vaccination drive. Read about it here.
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