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- Commenting on the World Health alOrganization’s approval of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN, Dr VK Paul, Member-Health at NITI Aayog, said that “a positive decision could be coming in before month-end”
- He informed that India’s focus right now is to ensure all adults are vaccinated
New Delhi: Dr NK Arora, chief of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group or NTAGI, on Tuesday informed that India’s mega immunisation drive against the Covid-19 virus will achieve a greater milestone by the end of 2021 when nearly the entire population of around 135 crore people will get at least one shot of the vaccine.
“Given our production capacity, we should have 100 crore more doses of the Covid-19 vaccines in the next three-and-a-half months,” Arora told Times Now in an exclusive interview.
His comments have come at a time when the country is bracing for a potential third wave of the pandemic, especially with concerns of the deadly virus affecting children.
Arora also hailed Zydus Cadila’s vaccine ZyCoV-D, which will be the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid-19, and also the first DNA vaccine for humans.
“It is a moment of tremendous pride for India to come up with such a vaccine. The trials are showing positive results and hopefully it will be out soon,” the chief of the central panel said.
Meanwhile, Dr VK Paul, Member-Health at NITI Aayog, said that the discussion on the pricing of ZyCoV-D is currently underway and “a decision will be taken soon”. ZyCoV-D will soon be include in the country’s mega vaccination programme.
Commenting on the World Health alOrganization’s approval of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN, Paul said that “a positive decision could be coming in before month-end”.
“We must give time to WHO to make their decision based on science and yet we hope that the decisions will be taken quickly because people who are receiving Covaxin have certain imperatialves of travel, etc., for which WHO’s concurrence is important. We know of positive developments – data sharing and data evaluation – going on through multiple reviews and we know that we are close to decision point. We believe that positive decision could be coming in before month-end,” Paul said.
He also informed that India’s focus right now is to ensure all adults are vaccinated.
“Our attention at this moment should be to vaccinate all adults. Throughout the world, opening up of vaccination for children is small. WHO doesn’t recommend general vaccination for children even today. There’s no need to panic. We are in step with the developments,” he said.
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