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    No alternative to pick between 2 vaccines: Union Health Secretary

    Vaccine roll-out begins on January16


    People would not have the alternative of choosing between the 2 available COVID-19 vaccines– Covishield and Covaxin– when the roll-out starts on January 16, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated.
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    Vaccine roll-out starts on January16

    Individuals would not have the alternative of deciding in between the 2 offered COVID-19 vaccines– Covishield and Covaxin— when the roll-out starts on January 16, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference on Tuesday.

    The Union government, he stated, had actually agreed to obtain 110 lakh Covishield dosages from the Serum Institute of India (SII) at200/ dosage and 55 lakh dosages of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech (BBIL), of which 38.5 lakh dosages is priced at295/ dosage. BBIL would offer 16.50 lakh dosages of Covaxin complimentary of cost to the Central government as an unique gesture.

    Four other COVID-19 vaccines were under trial currently in the country and that it had actually so far gotten “54,72,000 dosages of the vaccine to be dispersed, while 100% dosages to be gotten by 14 th Jan in all states/UTs”.

    ‘ Encouraging environment’

    ” Our expectations from the States/UTs is that all logistics should be ready from January 16 and there must be constant oversight and individual involvement in the entire process of roll-out. Also, there need to be unique focus on communication activities and utilisation of all types of channels to create an encouraging environment,” said Mr. Bhushan.

    Vaccines would first reach four significant depots in Karnal, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, with all States having at least one State-level regional vaccine store. “Uttar Pradesh has nine, Madhya Pradesh four, Gujarat 4, Kerala three, J&K 2, Karnataka 2 and Rajasthan has 2,” said Mr. Bhushan.

    Indian Medical Council of Research Study (ICMR) head Dr. Balram Bhargava spoke about the vaccine program that would be followed. “There will be a gap of 28 days in between 2 doses and the efficiency starts 14 days after the second dose. Throughout the vaccination process and after that also, COVID-19 suitable behaviour is a must.”

    ‘ They are safe’

    Member (Health) Niti Aayog Dr. V.K. Paul said the two vaccines offered in India were safe and that there must not be any doubt about this.

    ” They have been tested on countless people and the side-effects are negligible. All the vaccines on the planet used presently versus COVID-19 have actually been cleared under the emergency-use framework. As we go ahead, we will have more options. India has actually likewise had the ability to get these vaccines at really competitive prices,” he specified.

    Mr. Bhushan kept in mind that the circumstance was worrisome throughout the world with cases charts still climbing up in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. “In India, 12,584 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours and active cases continue to decline and it is now less than 2.2 lakh. Just two States currently have more than 50,000 active cases– Maharashtra and Kerala,” he added.

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