COVID-19 Vaccine: Distribution Plan In India
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In the global race for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed. One of these will be the initial scarcity of doses and the associated ethical considerations as to whom they should be distributed first.

As India is planning to launch the vaccine by 2021, the government is working on the priority list for Covid-19 vaccine administration.

During a video conference with heads of all the states and Union territories held on 24 Nov, to discuss their preparedness on Covid-19 vaccination programme in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed that the government is using eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) in association with the United Development Program (UNDP) to identify primary beneficiaries and vaccine distribution networks.

Vaccine administration is likely to happen in phases and top priority is to be given to high-risk population groups that include frontline workers, such as healthcare professionals and people from other departments working to manage the outbreak on ground, and the elderly (ages 60 years and above) who are at a greater risk of developing severe disease because of the low immunity and comorbidities.

The centre had constituted the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration, chaired by Dr VK Paul and co-chaired by Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in August, which is in the process of drafting a time-bound scheme to ensure that people are vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is made available.

Though the government said that the vaccine will be given to the healthcare workers and to the people ages 60 years and above, the plan has not been finalized yet, and is still in the works.