Union Health Minister says, Covid-19 vaccine will be available in 3-4 months

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan stated on Thursday about him being confident that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available ready and available in the upcoming three – four months. He further added the priority for administering the vaccine to the 132 crore population of the country be according to scientific evaluation.

Dr Harsh Vardhan was speaking at the FICCI FLO webinar, while broaching about the vaccine availability which revolved around the theme of the webinar ‘The Shifting Healthcare Paradigm during and Post-Covid’ on Thursday.

While addressing the webinar, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated, “I am confident that the COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months. Priority for the vaccine will be designed on the basis of scientific data. Health care workers and corona warriors will naturally be prioritized followed by elderly and disease-prone people. Very detailed planning is underway for vaccine dissemination. An e-vaccine intelligence platform has been created to discuss the blueprint for the same. Tracking and tracing of the vaccine would be neck-deep once it’s available for the public. Hopefully, 2021 should be a better year for all of us.”

The health minister further appreciated the attempts taken by the Union Government to contain the transmission of the virus with bold steps for tackling the pandemic. Harsh Vardhan said, “Janta curfew was a very innovative and unique experiment by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It had nationwide participation from the citizens. The decision to impose a lockdown followed by unlocking were some bold decisions by the central government during the pandemic. We have handled it very well.”

He further added, “The government has been very proactive in its response towards this fight. Airports, seaports, and land borders were put under surveillance for COVID-19 well in time.”

India was among the countries taking the most precautions for Covid-19 over the past 11 months, the Minister said.

Regarding the performance of India, the Health Ministry said, “Initially, we faced a shortage of PPE kits, ventilators and N-95 masks. But, in a few months time, we were able to export these things to different parts of the world. Our scientists are now well ahead of many others globally in their research on the vaccine. In a couple of months, we should be able to produce a vaccine for the Covid-19 infection.”

He asserted further, “We have the highest recovery rate and the least fatality rate.We have 2,115 laboratories in every look and corner of the country for COVID-19 tests. Over 20 lakh Covid beds are in place. It proves that whenever India decides to excel at something, it does.”

Harsh Vardhan concluded by sharing the vision for India, “We will deliver a new India in 2022 as per the dream of Narendra Modi. Only humanism and nationalism would prevail in this new India as our PM envisions.”

(With inputs from ANI) 

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