First Shot Of COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Expected In India By January 13, Says Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan dropped an update about the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine in India, after DGCI approved the emergency use authorization for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Read on to know.

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January 6, 2021

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After several months of tedious planning, Indians can expect to get the first COVID-19 vaccine shot on January 13, 2021. On January 5, the Union Health Ministry Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, said, “We have said that whenever the vaccine gets accelerated approval, which was recommended in the meeting of the SCC on January 2 and the DCGI made the announcement on January 3, within ten days is our planning to roll out the vaccine.” More so, the Central government will make the final decision with regards to this, Rajesh further added. Read on to know more about this announcement.

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“Based on the feedback of dry-run, the government is ready to introduce COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days from date of emergency use authorisation,” he said during the health ministry briefing on the virus. He added, “Within ten days of the accelerated approval, the vaccination drive can be rolled out, subject to the government approval”. The announcement comes days after the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) approved the emergency use authorization for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, which is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. This announcement by the government came amid the rising number of the highly infectious strain of Mutant COVID-19. This is the virus that is likely reaching India from the United Kingdom.

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On December 31, a total of 25 cases of mutant United Kingdom virus was detected in India after genome sequencing. More so, four new cases were found by NIV, Pune, and one new case sequenced in IGIB, Delhi. All 25 persons are in physical isolation at health facilities, said the Union Ministry of Health, reported ANI. Not only this, but 11 UK returnees have tested positive for new coronavirus strain in the state, said Karnataka Health Minister, K Sudhakar. So far, 58 people have tested positive for this new strain, added the Union Ministry of Health, on January 5, reporting 20 new cases. After the US, India has the second-highest number of infections. The vaccine distribution will go in this way: It will be first offered to 1 crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers, and 27 crore elderly people, above 50 years of age, with co-morbidities. More so, the 1 crore frontline workers will get the vaccine for free, said Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan.

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