Mega COVID-19 vaccination drive to begin in India today

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The central government has introduced an application named CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) to monitor the entire vaccination process.

 

The world's biggest coronavirus vaccine programmes will begin in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the vaccination drive on Saturday.

The coronavirus vaccination drive will be launched by PM Narendra Modi at 10:30 am via video conferencing.

The coronavirus vaccination drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.

A total of 3006 session sites across all states and union territories will be virtually connected during the launch.

Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day.

The vaccination drive has been planned in a phased manner, identifying priority groups.

The government and private sector health care workers including Integrated Child Development Services(ICDS) workers will receive the vaccine in the first phase.

The Centre has planned to vaccinate around 3 lakh healthcare workers at 2,934 session sites on the first day of the inoculation drive.

The drive will be held daily from 9am to 5pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.

In the next phases of the vaccination drive, people aged over 50 will be vaccinated and those who are below 50 years but have serious health conditions or co-morbidities.

On Friday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the country's vaccination drive as the "beginning of the end of Covid-19”, and urged people to trust the indigenously manufactured vaccine.

The central government has introduced an application named CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) to monitor the entire vaccination process.

The drugs regulatory body of India has currently approved two vaccines. Pune-based Serum Institute of India has developed the Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. while the Covaxin has been developed by Hyderabad's Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Medical Council of research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology.

According to Friday's health ministry update, over one crore people (1,05,27,683) have been infected with Covid-19 so far and the death toll rose to close to 1.52 lakh. There are over 2.13 lakh active COVID-19 cases in India.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Times of India

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