30 million frontline workers to get Covid-19 vaccine in phas
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India is looking at vaccinating about 30 million frontline workers in the first phase once a protection against the viral disease becomes available, Union health ministry officials said.

The 30 million includes 7 million doctors and paramedics, in addition to 20 million other frontline health workers, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on the sidelines of a Covid-19 media briefing.

The country has the infrastructure already in place to vaccinate the 30 million, Bhushan said. “We have the cold chain, vials, syringes and everything,” he added.

The first phase of vaccination has been tentatively scheduled between January and June 2021.

“In the deliberations of the national expert committee on vaccine administration, we have come up with a draft prioritisation plan."

"And we think if the present trials proceeded according to plan, and succeed, then the number of doses that will become available from January to July 2021 would be sufficient to immunize the priority list persons. That we are working on…,” said Bhushan.

They added that even after a vaccine is made available, people cannot afford to let their guard down. “The same precautions (against the disease) will have to be continued even after the Covid-19 vaccine is developed,” said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) chief Dr Balram Bhargava.

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/30-million-frontline-workers-to-get-covid-19-vaccine-in-phase-1/story-W76e1pJ7toA4aod3hH234O.html
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