Updated: February 6, 2021 9:42:23 pm
Beneficiaries of the inaugural Covid-19 vaccination day on January 16 to start getting second dose on February 13, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan announced Saturday, reported ANI. While reviewing the status and progress of the vaccination process, Bhushan also urged authorities to exponentially increase the pace of vaccination.
Meanwhile, in a press conference today, Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said that ever since the vaccinations for frontline workers had started on February 2, a total of 3,70,693 of them have been covered, which is around 4.5 per cent of the current database of frontline workers.
In a statement, the health ministry said there remains a substantial scope for improvement in the number of average vaccinations per inoculation session. “The state health secretaries were asked to analyze the daily variation in the number of average vaccinations and take necessary steps to increase them. States/UTs were advised to ensure 100 per cent saturation of people who have already been registered on CoWin digital platform. They were also asked to organise simultaneous vaccination sessions/day in the health facility wherever possible. Each state/UT was advised to devise a state specific strategy to achieve this target,” it said.
The ministry said the failure of potential beneficiaries to get vaccinated in the mop-up round would automatically push them to age-appropriate vaccination category.
The health secretary also reiterated the need for adequate attention to issuance of provisional digital vaccination certificates after the first dose and final certificate after completing the second dose; importance of authentication of beneficiaries; and timely data reconciliation on CoWIN application.
India developing 7 more COVID vaccines: Harsh Vardhan
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that the country is developing seven more COVID-19 vaccines and also working on further vaccine development to inoculate every citizen of India. He said the Centre does not have any immediate plan to make the vaccines available in the open market and a decision will be taken as the situation demands.
The COVID-9 inoculation process for people aged above 50 will start in March, he told reporters. “We are not dependent only on the two vaccines as the country is working on seven more indigenous vaccines. “Simultaneously, we are also working on the development of more vaccines because India is a huge country and we need more players and research to reach out to everyone,” he said.
Three of the vaccines are in the trial phase, two are in the pre-clinical stage, one is in phase 1 and another in
phase 2, the Union health minister said. “The COVID-19 inoculation process for people above 50 years of age will start next month,” he said.
“Presently, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered on an emergency basis, under full observation and in a
controlled manner. If the vaccines are released in the open market, there won’t be any control over them. The decision will be taken as the situation demands,” he added.
At the time of writing, India reported 11,713 fresh cases of coronavirus taking the total infections in the country to 1,08,14,304. As many as 95 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, the second time this week that this number has fallen below 100, taking the death toll to 1,54,918.
Active Covid-19 cases have now dropped below 1.5 lakh. As on Friday, there were only 1.48 lakh active cases in the country, showcasing a consistent downward slide.
The health ministry has stated that India’s cases per million population (7,828) are amongst the lowest in the world. This count is much higher for countries like Russia, Germany, Italy, Brazil, France, the UK and the USA.
Meanwhile, the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,05,10,796 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 97.19 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.43 per cent.
The number of samples tested for coronavirus has exceeded 20 crore and currently stands at 20, 06, 72, 589, with 7,40,794 samples being tested on Friday.
A total of 54,16,849 beneficiaries have been inoculated under the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination exercise, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
The 95 latest fatalities include 40 from Maharashtra and 19 from Kerala. The southern state of Kerala continues to report the highest daily new cases at 5,610. The overall Covid-19 positivity rate in Kerala dipped below 7 per cent for the first time in months as the state’s health department hiked the number of tests being conducted daily.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29 and 90 lakh on November 20 and one crore on December 19.
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