Today the Central government began is preparations for the introduction of potential Covid-19 vaccines. It has asked all the states to make their three-tier mechanism to facilitate the process of giving doses of vaccine to people.
On 31st October, the Centre began with all its preparations for the introduction of potential Covid-19 vaccines. It has been asking all the states for making three-tier mechanism to facilitate the process and this has been mentioned in a letter to chief secretaries from the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
Bhushan said, “Covid-19 vaccine introduction would most likely span over a year with multiple groups being included sequentially starting from healthcare workers.“
He also said, “The vaccine would initially be available in limited quantities. It is anticipated that initially the supply of vaccine will be limited in view of huge demand, hence prioritization of socio-demographic groups will be done for vaccination and subsequently other groups will be included. Every state has been asked to set up a steering committee under the chief secretary (must meet every month); state task force under the principal secretary (must meet fortnightly) and district task force under the district magistrate (must meet weekly) to oversee preparation of vaccination priority lists and cold storage facilities.“
On Friday, India has also witnessed a record fall in the number of active cases. The count fell below 6 lakh (5,94,386) for the first time in three months and the national recovery rate crossed 91 per cent. This comes as a huge relief to the centre who have been battling the pandemic, tooth and nail, from the beginning of this year.