UN working with India on vaccination drive

United Nations, January 20

As India launched the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive, several UN agencies are working closely with the authorities for the massive vaccination programme, a spokesperson for the UN chief has said.

In India, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien, is supporting the government and UN partners in the massive vaccination programme, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“UN agencies are working closely with the authorities to prepare and launch what is currently the world’s largest vaccination drive,” he said. The Indian Government has vaccinated nearly half a million people.

So far a total of 4,54,049 vaccinations have been done. There have been about 580 cases of adverse effects following the vaccinations so far and two people have died.

Dujarric said UN teams have monitored more than 4,000 vaccination sessions and have helped train more than 3,00,000 vaccinators and healthcare workers. — PTI

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