Experts Explain The Objective Behind India’s COVID Vaccine Dry RunAs India undergoes another massive dry-run for COVID vaccine roll out in coming few days, experts explain how crucial is this exercise

New Delhi: After the first massive dry run held earlier this month on January 2, states across India are holding a second massive dry run today. In this dry-run cold storage will be assessed along with-it transportation arrangements and management of possible side effects from the vaccine. The mock-drill will be done at various vaccination sites today to check the overall preparedness of the COVID-19 vaccination roll out in the coming days. NDTV speaks with experts to understand more details of this mega dry run drive:

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NDTV: How crucial is the COVID vaccine dry-run exercise for India?

Dr Anita Ramesh Chandra, Clinical Trial Specialist, Apollo Hospital: The dry-runs are very-very crucial for India, especially the one that is happening today (January 8) as it is happening in more than 70 districts. It is these dry-runs that will only help us in implementing the massive vaccination programme in the coming weeks. Currently, India has two vaccines for protecting against coronavirus – Oxford Institute’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, which is being developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Today’s dry-run will oversee very important things – one to see how our vaccination sites are prepared with the healthcare professionals and secondly how smoothly the transportation is done for the vaccine from the manufacturing units to the cold-storage areas deployed across states and then finally to the vaccination sites. The dry-run will see whether our healthcare professionals are trained to give the vaccination and manage side-effects and lastly how to use the Co-WIN digital software for the whole immunisation drive.

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NDTV: The vaccine administered during dry-runs is the dummy vaccine, so how do we actually gear up for adverse event falling immunisation?

Dr Anish Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health: The whole idea of the dry-run is to ensure actual smooth implementation of the vaccination drive when it happens as a lot of planning has gone into this. Via these dry-runs the government wants to be absolutely sure that all the planning process is in line with the actual implementation and all the linkages are well covered between the planning and implementation on-ground.

Talking about the adverse event falling after immunisation, basically, other than the vaccine administration, everything on site will be same and exact as the actual vaccination site. Vaccines will not be administered to the person as such, however all the other things will be mimicked and so there will not be actual adverse event taking place, but it will be mocked to see how rapid is the response of our healthcare workers, how smoothly the transportation of the patient is done from the site to the hospital. Our sites will be prepared with adverse event falling after immunisation kits with the drugs and the drill will oversee how the professional reacts to the situation on the spot with all the things and facilities available.

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NDTV: Issues related to space were found in the first dry-runs which was highlighted by Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan recently. What do we know about this challenge so far and should India we worried?

Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad: Normally the vaccination sites or booths are standardised. I don’t think that this will be a bigger challenge for us. In India, we do have a lot of experience of handling vaccination of large scale, we also do elections in every 4-5 years with large number of people coming out, and we have managed all these things in past smoothly. And keeping the past experiences in mind, we have planned the COVID vaccination drive as well.

NDTV: Have we seen this type of dry-runs for COVID vaccine in other countries?

Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad: No, we haven’t come across any such news from any other countries and that’s why I think, the USA and UK, where the vaccination drive has begun are having so much of confusion and problems. In terms of vaccination, India is far ahead of other countries, we are the sitting example of how to carry a vaccination drive in such a large number.

One of the other important things India has added in this whole vaccination drive is the data entry, creating the data base and retrieval of the data to follow up the people as these are the emergency use vaccine and are not approved vaccine. So, very careful monitoring and follow up of patient is extremely important and this is what that will add value to the vaccination process in this pandemic. Overall, this process will have tremendous benefit for our country for now and in future.

NDTV: Possible risks that the vaccination sites can face?

Dr Hemant Thacker, Specialist, Cardio Metabolic: As doctors, we all should be prepared for the worst of worst scenarios and as patients we all should be optimistic that there will be hardly any reactions. And to prepare ourself for all the worst scenarios, India is doing all these dry-runs which will finally help us in smooth implementation of the vaccination programme.

NDTV: Will the digital infrastructure created for roll out of COVID vaccine be a problem in India’s rural areas?

Dr Anita Ramesh Chandra, Clinical Trial Specialist, Apollo Hospital: Yes, this might cause a problem for people living in rural parts of India as many of them may not be having the android mobile that supports the app and secondly even if there is mobile, there are chances many of the people living in those areas might not know how to use the app. So, if we want to take this process digitally in the rural India, we need resources there, some IT professionals who can get the things done on-ground. So, this is one of the biggest hurdles, we have to face as far as rural India is concerned.

Dr Anish Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health: Of course, this will be a challenge in rural India, but we need to look at this point that the CoWIN app is the upgraded version of e-VIN – Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network, which was there at all the 29000 cold storage points spread across the country and by far all the people have been trained to use this app. Yes, there will be network issues, but special training has been imparted to many of the professionals in-ground to take this forward.

NDTV: How important will be the transportation part from the storage point to the centre for Vaccines?

Dr Anish Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health: Already in India, we have a system in place for routine immunisation vaccines from the manufacturers to states vaccine stores then through flights or refrigerated vans and then from regional state to districts. So, this system is in place for all the vaccines we have used in past and same method is being applied for COVID-Vaccine drive. The only thing we will need to manage in this vaccine drive is the way it is being transported, the box needs to be properly closed and it is mandatory to have four ice-packs so that the temperature is maintained while the vaccine is being transported from one point to another.

As per the Health Ministry, around 1.7 lakh vaccinators and 3 lakh vaccination team members have been trained on the process to be followed at the vaccination sites which include beneficiary verification, vaccination, cold chain and logistics management, bio-medical waste management, AEFI (Adverse event following immunization) management, and reporting on Co-WIN software. The first dry run of the vaccination drive was held in states- Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Assam on December 28 and 29, 2020. The second dry-run was done nationwide on January 2, 2021, covering 125 districts in all States/UTs. Today (January 8), is the third dry-run which is happening in more than 700 districts of India.

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World

11,29,83,901Cases
4,67,54,489Active
6,37,22,948Recovered
25,06,464Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 11,29,83,901 and 25,06,464 have died; 4,67,54,489 are active cases and 6,37,22,948 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

1,10,63,491 16577Cases
1,55,986 4278Active
1,07,50,680 12179Recovered
1,56,825 120Deaths
In India, there are 1,10,63,491 confirmed cases including 1,56,825 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,55,986 and 1,07,50,680 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

21,29,821 8,702

65,461 4,902

20,12,367 3,744

51,993 56

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

10,48,686 3,677

52,164 989

9,92,372 4,652

4,150 14

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,49,636 453

5,595 501

9,31,725 947

12,316 7

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,89,585 82

611 8

8,81,806 74

7,168

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,50,096 467

4,053 9

8,33,560 471

12,483 5

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,38,593 220

1,169 32

6,26,519 188

10,905

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

6,03,232 129

2,182 8

5,92,327 135

8,723 2

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,74,500 199

3,353 24

5,60,887 219

10,260 4

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,36,924 89

609 21

3,34,400 67

1,915 1

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,19,929 128

1,208 4

3,15,936 124

2,785

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

3,11,900 220

2,865 46

3,05,214 258

3,821 8

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,98,453 189

1,910 58

2,94,911 129

1,632 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,70,263 166

1,054 99

2,66,166 67

3,043

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,68,571 424

1,991 122

2,62,172 301

4,408 1

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,62,418 61

478 31

2,60,401 91

1,539 1

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,60,681 368

2,435 165

2,54,387 201

3,859 2

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,17,484 30

1,623 17

2,14,770 13

1,091

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,80,382 563

3,870 272

1,70,713 278

5,799 13

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,26,201 108

820 49

1,23,426 59

1,955

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,19,795 76

467 36

1,18,241 40

1,087

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

97,031

491 0

94,850

1,690

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

58,499 42

244 15

57,260 27

995

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

54,771 71

531 36

53,449 33

791 2

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

39,677 21

196 7

38,814 13

667 1

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,407 7

32 7

32,984

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

29,253 3

40 1

28,840 4

373

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

21,590 49

279 29

20,960 20

351

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,836

3 1

16,777 1

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,961 3

20 2

13,793 1

148

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,198 6

13 5

12,094 1

91

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,814 7

56 3

9,628 4

130

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,133 1

43 4

5,955 5

135

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,016

2 2

4,952 2

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,419 6

27 4

4,382 2

10

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,405 1

5 1

3,398

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

331 9

86 0

244 8

1 1

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