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Corona vaccine will be available by July-August, says Harsh Vardhan 

Updated November 19, 2020 19:02 IST
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vradhan
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan (IANS)

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said he is confident that the Covid-19 vaccine would be ready in next three-four months.

“Coronavirus vaccine will be available for 30 crore people by July-August 2021. Priority for the vaccine will be designed on the basis of the 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,” said Harsh Vardhan.

The minister was speaking at the FICCI FLO webinar on, ‘The Shifting Healthcare Paradigm During and Post-Covid.’

According to media reports, the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed under a special inoculation programme, using the processes, technology and network of the existing Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).

Sharing his experience in dealing with coronavirus in the country, the minister 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. Our performance has been excellent on every parameter set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 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 tests. Over 20 lakh dedicated Covid beds are in place.”

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