States mustn’t procure Covid vaccine on their very own: Centre

New Delhi, August 12

The Centre in the present day started the method for future Covid-19 vaccine procurement, asking the states to not chart their separate pathways.

The recommendation got here on the first assembly of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration. Globally, 24 vaccines are in human trial stage. These embody three vaccines below trial in India — Oxford University-Serum Institute’s Covishield; Bharat Biotech-ICMR’s Covaxin and the Zydus Cadila’s ZyCov-D. The final two are indigenous.

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Chaired by VK Paul, Member, Health, NITI Aayog, the duty pressure in the present day mentioned conceptualisation and implementation mechanisms to create a digital infrastructure for stock administration and supply mechanism of the vaccine. The assembly got here as India’s Covid depend touched 23,29,638 instances with 60,963 new infections in 24 hours and 56,110 report recoveries over the identical interval. The toll has climbed to 46,091 with 834 new fatalities over a day.

With cumulative nationwide load climbing, AIIMS (New Delhi) Director Randeep Guleria mentioned the instances would rise as testing had been ramped up and there was no trigger for panic so long as the demise fee was low. He mentioned the instances had neither hit the height not reached a plateau. “The cumulative disease load should not overwhelm us.” — TNS

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