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Pace Of COVID-19 Vaccination Has Been Kept Slow Intentionally To Iron Out Glitches: Indian Council Of Medical Research

Dr. NK Arora said that the pace of immunisation has been kept slower than the target as the government wanted to take stock of the hiccups and gradually iron those out

Pace Of COVID-19 Vaccination Has Been Kept Slow Intentionally To Iron Out Glitches: Indian Council Of Medical Research
Highlights
  • India has the capacity of immunising 50-80 lakh people per day: ICMR
  • We are currently inoculating 2 lakh individuals daily on average: Dr Arora
  • Initial target of immunisation was 3 lakh people per day: Dr Arora

New Delhi: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), over 87.2 lakh (87,20,822) people have been immunised against coronavirus in the last one month of COVID-19 vaccination drive which was initiated on January 16. The drive aims to inoculate 30 crore individuals identified as priority population in the next few months and while the original target was to vaccinate three lakh people per day, only two lakh individuals per day on an average are getting the vaccine currently, said Dr NK Arora, Chair, Operations Research Group, National Task Force for COVID-19, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Addressing people’s concerns about the lag in meeting the daily vaccination target, Dr Arora said that the lag fall back is intentional and the drive will pick up the speed soon.

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While answering people’s queries around COVID-19 vaccination on the social media, Dr Arora who is also an advisor to the National Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) Committee explained in a video message that was shared by the Union Health Ministry on its Twitter handle,

Despite the lag, we are the fastest to achieve 40 lakh vaccinations within two weeks. The pace has deliberately been kept low. This is because we want to identify all hiccups in the initial days of the drive itself so that they can be ironed out. The country has the capacity to immunise 50-80 lakh individuals per day. This means that we will be setting up about 50,000 to 1 lakh immunization sites. India has a very rich experience of two decades of immunizing over 17 crore children within a week under pulse polio programmes several times in a year. It is a matter of pride that we are the fastest and after all marathons are won by a slow start.

Dr Arora received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on January 16 and will be getting the second dose on February 13. The two vaccines, that got the regulatory approval of the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI)- Covishiled which was developed by Oxford University along with AstraZeneca and produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Covaxin which has been developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR, are two-dose vaccines. Experts have recommended a gap of 28 days (four weeks) between the two shots. Explaining the importance of taking both the doses, Dr Arora said,

Taking both doses is important because until the complete course of vaccination is taken, the desired immunity against the coronavirus will not be built. The two doses should be given on a gap of four weeks and it is only after 15 days of the second dose that the individuals can become immune against COVID-19.

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He further added that even after being inoculated, people are required to continue following the COVID appropriate behaviour which includes using a face mask when gout out in public, maintaining physical distance and practicing hand hygiene. He said,

Preventive measure must be followed even after getting immunized to stop the spread of the virus. This is because, a person can catch the virus and while it will not harm them because of the immunity built, it can spread to others from them.

Dr Arora also highlighted that people who have already recovered from COVID-19 should also go for vaccination. On the need to give the vaccine to those who have suffered corona, Dr Arora said that it has been found that one-third of those in the country who have had coronavirus before, did not develop the necessary antibodies in their body. He also said that even if a person has developed antibodies, it is not known for how long the person will remain protected.

While signing off, Dr Arora responded to a question on whether people suffering from serious diseases like Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes should get vaccinated, to which he said that such people should take the vaccine because they are at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection and death. However, he stressed on consulting a doctor before taking the vaccine if they have any doubts.

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World

23,23,25,643Cases
19,46,11,603Active
3,29,58,002Recovered
47,56,038Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,23,25,643 and 47,56,038 have died; 19,46,11,603 are active cases and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,36,97,581 18,795Cases
2,92,2067,414Active
3,29,58,002 26,030Recovered
4,47,373 179Deaths
In India, there are 3,36,97,581 confirmed cases including 4,47,373 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,92,206 and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,44,325

41,396 32

63,64,027

1,38,902 32

Kerala

46,41,587 11,699

1,57,733 6,122

44,59,193 17,763

24,661 58

Karnataka

29,73,899 504

12,833 409

29,23,320 893

37,746 20

Tamil Nadu

26,58,923 1,657

17,261 24

26,06,153 1,662

35,509 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,47,459 618

12,482 566

20,20,835 1,178

14,142 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,778 6

176 0

16,86,712 6

22,890

West Bengal

15,66,865 472

7,584 99

15,40,530 556

18,751 15

Delhi

14,38,746 32

366 5

14,13,295 37

25,085

Odisha

10,24,764 444

5,102 214

10,11,482 653

8,180 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,269 27

282 3

9,91,423 30

13,564

Rajasthan

9,54,316 13

86 9

9,45,276 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,872 21

142 9

8,15,648 30

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,504 8

118 2

7,81,868 6

10,518

Haryana

7,70,825 7

329 6

7,60,686 13

9,810

Bihar

7,25,947 3

57 11

7,16,230 14

9,660

Telangana

6,65,284 216

4,585 27

6,56,785 241

3,914 2

Punjab

6,01,538 38

284 2

5,84,747 35

16,507 1

Assam

6,01,031 412

4,587 42

5,90,593 362

5,851 8

Jharkhand

3,48,198 4

79 1

3,42,986 5

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,504 14

218 8

3,35,893 22

7,393

Jammu And Kashmir

3,29,125 117

1,513 1

3,23,190 118

4,422

Himachal Pradesh

2,18,523 209

1,730 16

2,13,124 225

3,669

Goa

1,76,145 50

862 56

1,71,980 106

3,303

Puducherry

1,26,127 37

866 35

1,23,423 72

1,838

Manipur

1,20,000 116

2,111 14

1,16,042 129

1,847 1

Mizoram

90,539 1,846

15,843 358

74,394 1,481

302 7

Tripura

84,085 19

275 3

82,999 22

811

Meghalaya

80,897 108

1,752 125

77,750 230

1,395 3

Chandigarh

65,217 7

44 3

64,354 4

819

Arunachal Pradesh

54,395 43

319 4

53,802 47

274

Sikkim

31,291 25

601 11

30,303 35

387 1

Nagaland

31,167 17

426 19

30,078 35

663 1

Ladakh

20,786 5

148 8

20,431 13

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,361

5 0

10,305

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,619 1

11 2

7,479 3

129

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