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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 01 Mar 2021
With Maharashtra reeling under a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 cases, India continues its fight against the virus with fresh impetus. Here’s a look at the latest COVID-19 vaccine news in India.
A paid vaccine to be available by March 1
With the second wave of infections wreaking havoc in many countries, India gears up for the next phase of the vaccination drive. As many as 10,000 government centers and 20,000 private hospitals are aligned for the administration of the vaccines. Government centers will distribute doses for free while private hospitals will ensure that senior citizens and those above 45 years with co-morbidities will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine. Get more information about this here.
Doc certificates to prioritize vaccines for people with co-morbidities
People between 45-60 years of age who have co-morbidities will be able to get vaccinated on priority with no hassle. A certificate from their registered doctors stating that they stand at a higher risk of infection will suffice to get them up the priority list. This acquires significance since there are more than 27 crore people in the 50 and above age group in the country. Read more about this here.
India has a high adaptation capability of the vaccine: researchers
Bharat Biotech and Biological E. Ltd. have said that they will start reworking on their COVID-19 vaccines once the genetic sequences of the virus variants are known. This comes in the wake of the presence of the variants that were first identified in countries such as South Africa and England being detected in India. Know more about this here.
Ghana – The first country to receive vaccine made in India
Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive a shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX program. About 600,000 doses of the vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, were sent to Ghana on February 23. Read more about the COVAX program here.
Strict rules for vaccination
The Punjab government has announced that healthcare workers who choose not to get vaccinated, will not be compensated – should they get infected. Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that such health workers will not be allowed to avail quarantine or isolation leave either. A large section of the population, including health workers, are refusing to take the made-in-India vaccine despite assurances about its safety and effectiveness. For more information, check here.
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