Covid-19 Vaccine Update: India Says ‘No Compromise’ On Regulatory Norms

COVID-19 Vaccine update; Vaccine to be available in the coming weeks. India says there will no compromise regarding the regulatory norms and guidelines for the storage of the vaccine.

Simren Rodrigues

December 11, 2020

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On Thursday, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available in India in the coming weeks. He also stated that there will be no compromise on the scientific and regulatory norms regarding the safety and maintenance of vaccine. The vaccine requires proper storage under cold temperature, organised and sanitised healthcare infrastructure and augmented workforce. As per the reports, the vaccination process will kickstart as soon as the vaccine is available and approved by the concerned regulatory agency. Watch the news video below.

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The Union Health Minister of India, Harsh Vardhan ensured that there will be no compromise regarding the safety of the vaccine. He also stated that the vaccine will be available in the coming weeks with stringent oversight. According to a news report, US government advisory panel recommended emergency approval for the COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech. The report stated that the shot’s potential risks were exceeded by its benefits and hence the emergency approval. The US is at a breaking point with the COVID-19 cases surging higher by the day. The vaccine can improve the pressure on the medical centres.

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India needs to follow the cold chain system that ensures the safety of the vaccine. As per reports, the vaccines such as Pfizer which is more than 90% effective against the virus needs to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius during the transportation and delivery. On the other hand, Moderna needs to be kept at -20 degrees celsius during transportation and delivery. It can further be stored in the refrigerator for 30 days. Sputnik V vaccine does not need extreme cold storage. It can be stored at a maximum of 18 degrees celsius. Whereas, the vaccines undergoing trials in India need to be stored between 2 and 8 degree Celsius during the transportation period to delivery.

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According to a news portal, India has around 27,000 cold chains points. It also has 76,000 cold chain equipment and 700 reefer vans. There are around 55,000 cold chain handlers and 2.5 million health workers as part of the logistics team since the vaccine requires utmost care. Even a small mistake can destroy the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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