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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Mar 2021
India boasts of one of the most extensive vaccination drives in the world currently. Although battles are being won every day, there’s still some time before we win this war. Here’s an update on what’s been happening lately.
Coverage of Vaccine
By the evening of March 4, 1.77 crore people were vaccinated across the country – in one of the world’s biggest-ever vaccination drives. The plan has garnered appreciation from leaders and strategy observers around the globe. The program continues to be fine-tuned, even as the government grapples with reports of over-crowding at the vaccination centres. Read more here.
Made-in-India Vaccines: The Safety Factor
As India goes into the second phase of vaccination with full momentum, the rumbles of concern about the side-effects of both the vaccines – Covidshield and Covaxin – continue. Amongst other leading citizens, the Prime Minister has also taken his Covaxin shot. Despite this and the repeated government assurances that both vaccines are largely safe, doubts are still being raised in some quarters. Read more here.
In related news, endocrinologist Dr Shashank Joshi, a crucial member of the Covid-19 task force in Maharashtra, gave a clean chit to both made-in-India vaccines. He recommends a list of dos and don’ts before you take your vaccine. Read the full story here.
Vaccine Supply Strengthening Bi-Lateral Ties
Canada received the first cache of 500,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca) from the Serum Institute of India. With the expiry date of the vaccine being only a month, Canada is accelerating the vaccine-administration process. Canadian Minister of Public Services Anita Anand said that they are looking forward to collaborating further with India. Read more here.
Central Government Assures That There is No Shortage of Vaccines
India continues to be the second-most-affected country globally and ranks 13th among worst-hit nations (with respect to active cases), but there is reassuring news from the Central Government. In a statement issued recently, the government announced that there is no shortage of the Covid-19 vaccine. Read more about it here.
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