Can India Produce Enough Doses of Covid Vaccine? Read On To Find Out
A panel discussion was held by Rajdeep Sardesai that addressed important questions related to Covid-19, read below to find out
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the state governments to work out the logistics and modalities for administering the Covid-19 vaccine, a panel discussion was held by Rajdeep Sardesai where important questions such as what should be India’s vaccine strategy, who will get the vaccines first, whether those who recovered from Covid need a vaccine, whether India can produce enough doses of vaccine, how much India’s vaccine mission cost will cost, etc. were addressed by prominent panelists.
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Panelist Dr. Shahid Jameel, a virologist said that when the Covid-19 vaccine is ready, it will first be given to the front line workers that include doctors, sanitation workers, etc. but after they are covered, should the vaccine be given to those who have already been exposed to the virus? He elaborated further on the importance of planning and discussion at the “highest level” when it comes to the distribution of the vaccine.
On the other hand, Dr. Shashank Joshi from the Covid task force claimed that India has the needed infrastructure and the capacity to vaccinate once the vaccine is ready. He urged everyone to remember that “India produces the world’s half the vaccines” and remain optimistic.
Taking a different stand, Dr. Shahid Jameel said that “India’s capacity to vaccinate is about 15 lakh doses a month and if you convert that into the number of doses required to vaccinate 60% population, it might take 9 years which is why capacity building is really important…” He also touched upon the covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity and said that “everyone should not think that they will get the vaccine as soon as it comes out” as reaching the 60% herd immunity capacity might take up to two years or so. Watch the full video to know more about the discussion.
India’s tally mounted to 92,22,217 as of Wednesday. The death toll reached 1,34,699 after 481 fresh deaths were reported. The total active cases now stand at 4,44,746, and the total discharged cases at 86,42,771 with 37,816 new discharges in the last 24 hours.