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Vaccine Will Work As ‘Sanjeevani’ Against COVID-19, Says Union Health Minister As Vaccination Gets Underway At AIIMS, Delhi

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined doctors and potential vaccine beneficiaries at AIIMS hospital in Delhi and said the fight against COVID-19 is already on its road to victory

Vaccine Will Work As ‘Sanjeevani’ Against COVID-19, Says Union Health Minister As Vaccination Gets Underway At AIIMS, Delhi
Highlights
  • PM Modi launched India’s vaccination drive on January 16 at 10.30 AM
  • Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined vaccine beneficiaries
  • I am very happy & satisfied today: Dr Vardhan on the launch of vaccination

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan joined doctors and potential vaccine beneficiaries at AIIMS hospital in Delhi and participated in the virtual launch of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive kicked off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at 10.30 AM. The vaccination drive which according to the government is the world’s largest vaccination programme was launched across over 3,000 (3,006) vaccine centres in India. The vaccination drive will use ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, manufactured in India at Serum Institute in Pune and ‘Covaxin’ by Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research. Both the COVID-19 vaccines have been given restricted emergency use. Sharing more details of the vaccination programme on social media, Dr Harsh Vardhan, wrote, “It was an honour for me to join our courageous Corona Warriors at AIIMS, Delhi on this momentous occasion. As a fitting tribute to their selfless service, our healthcare workers and frontline workers will be the first to be inoculated COVID-19 vaccine.”

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Manish Kumar, a healthcare worker at Delhi’s AIIMS, became the first to get the shot of Coronavirus vaccine in the presence of Dr Vardhan. After receiving the vaccine, Mr Kumar told ANI, a new agency,

I had a very nice experience. I was not reluctant to get the vaccine shot…people need not be worried. Now I don’t have any doubts regarding the vaccine. Everyone must get inoculated.

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Following this, nursing officer Dhawal Dwivedi, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria and Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog member and Chairperson of National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration received COVID-19 vaccine jab.

Addressing the media from AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Vardhan said,

I am very happy and satisfied today. We have been fighting against COVID-19 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for the last one year. With the help of doctors and scientists, we have an Indian vaccine now. This vaccine will work as a ‘sanjeevani’ in the fight against COVID-19.

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In another media briefing, Dr Vardhan called the launch of vaccination programme as moment that will make India victorious against COVID-19. He said,

I would say that the fight against COVID-19 is already on its road to victory and this vaccine will be remembered like a ‘sanjeevani’ to ultimately get us that clinching victory over COVID.

Further talking about India’s vaccination drive, Dr Vardhan informed that the country has been working and planning for it for the last five months. He added,

For us, this is probably the biggest immunisation campaign against COVID anywhere in the whole world. India has tremendous experience in handling such issues. You know we have already eradicated smallpox in such a big country. We have already eradicated polio where we were home to 60 per cent of the polio cases in the whole world. We have a very robust Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) where we give a vaccine to almost 60 crore children every year. And we also, have one of the biggest immunisation campaigns against measles and rubella. And today also, we have the finest structure in place for which we had been working and planning for the last five months continuously.

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World

26,14,68,997Cases
22,22,61,229Active
3,40,08,183Recovered
51,99,585Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 3:42 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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