Plan to vaccinate 25 cr individuals by July

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4

With six Covid vaccine candidates in advanced stages of human trials worldwide, including three in India, the government today said it was hoping to receive and use 400-500 million doses for up to 25 crore people by July next.

As India’s caseload crossed 6.5 million today, with over 5.5 million recoveries, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said health workers and high-risk groups with co-morbidities would get priority in vaccination.

‘Sputnik-v’ trial

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Phase 3 clinical trial of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine in India was under the consideration of the Drug Controller General of India and no decision had been taken yet.

“We are working on plans to train people for vaccine administration on a massive scale. We are also monitoring immunity data with regard to Covid while finalising these plans,” Vardhan said.

“The list of frontline health workers will include doctors, nurses, paramedics, sanitary staff, ASHA workers and others involved in tracing, testing and treatment of patients,” he said as cases stood at 65,49,373 with 75,829 new infections and recoveries at 55,09,966 with 84.13% cure rate.

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