'Won't compromise on any protocol in vaccine approval'

'Won't compromise on any protocol in vaccine approval'

All people above 50 will be vaccinated in the third phase followed by all people below 50 with comorbidity as on January 1, 2021.

In a tweet, WHO South-East Asia wrote, "WHO welcomes the first emergency use authorisation given to COVID-19 vaccine in the WHO South-East Asia Region". He said that about 5364 COVID related unfortunate deaths till date has happened in the State which is about 178 deaths per million, In comparison to Delhi where total 10, 577 COVID-19 related deaths took place and their deaths per million rate is quite high at 528, We are in a way better position than other State's. Dr Guleria said that it would depend on its availability and the government had selected priority groups who will be vaccinated based on risk factors. The vaccine will be administered to one crore healthcare workers, along with 2 crore frontline and essential workers, and 27 crore elderly, mostly above the age of 50 with comorbidities.

Slaoui said that Operation Warp Speed was in discussions with the Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical company Moderna over implementing the half-dose regimen.

The eligible beneficiaries will be informed through their registered mobile numbers regarding the Health Facility where the vaccine will be provided and the scheduled time.

Cold chain infrastructure is sufficient to ensure last-mile delivery of the vaccine in a temperature-controlled environment across the country.

Each vaccine would still be delivered in two, on-schedule doses four weeks apart, Slaoui said in an interview with "CBS' Face the Nation".

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The states and UTs were asked to ensure that the data of beneficiaries is uploaded in the Co-WIN app, ensure physical verification of all proposed sites for the adequacy of space, logistical arrangements, internet connectivity, electricity, safety, etc. and prepare at least three model session sites in each state (at state capital) for demonstration.

Earlier today, the COVID-19 vaccines of Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech were granted permission for restricted use in an emergency situation, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said.

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