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Covid-19 vaccine expected in early 2021, distribution plan in works: Health Minister

Covid-19 vaccine: Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, in the meeting of Group of Ministers told that India likely will have a vaccine to curb out the existing global pandemic of Covid-19 by early next year. He also added that the vaccine for Covid-19 will possibly come from several sources.

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Experts are working on roadmap to provide vaccine in every part of the country

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The Chief Scientist of WHO (World Health Organization) also said that the vaccine for global pandemic of Covid-19 is most likely to get registered in early 2021, if not in the end of this year. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on the question of availability of vaccine to the whole population of India, said that as India’s population is huge and given the size of population in the country, it is possible that the manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccine will be done by several sources so as to provide vaccine to every person in the country.

40 vaccines are on some stage of trials while 10 of them are in phase 3 clinical trials

Health Minister added that the experts in the field are formulating strategies to plan how to make vaccine available to every part of the country. 40 vaccine candidates are now on some stage of clinical trials out of which 10 of them are in the phase three clinical trials, which are considered as the last stage in the development of any vaccine.

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Central Government is working on collaboration with state governments to collect data for the requirement and need of citizens of India to ensure the fair and equal distribution of vaccines in every part of the country.

Health Minister also informed citizens of the key factors that would be involved and taken into consideration while distribution of vaccine. First priority will be of occupational hazard and are at the risk of exposure to infection and second priority will be groups who are at the risk of developing severe disease and increased mortality.

 

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