Amid COVID-19 second wave, Harsh Vardhan says India’s adult population will be vaccinated by the end of 2021

 Amid COVID-19 second wave, Harsh Vardhan says India’s adult population will be vaccinated by the end of 2021

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We will be in a position to vaccinate at least all of our adult population by end of 2021, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said that India will be in a position to vaccinate at least all of its adult population by the end of this year.

The Health Minister gave this statement during a COVID-19 pandemic situation meeting.

“Between August and December 2021, India will have procured 216 crore vaccine doses, while by July this year, 51 crore doses will be procured,” he added.

‘Virus might mutate in the future and endanger children’

He also posited that the virus might mutate in the future and endanger children, and said that the health facilities are being upgraded to deal with any such exigency.

Vardhan also said that now smaller states are showing an increase in COVID-19 cases and added that the state governments should be extremely cautious.

States must follow the basic principles of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour along with testing, tracking, tracing, treating, and now vaccinating to fight against the pandemic, he said.

‘Ensure there is no wastage of vaccines’

Vardhan also reiterated the need to dedicate 70 per cent of vaccines provided by the central government for the second dose and told states and UTs to ensure there is no wastage of jabs.

In subsequent months, there will be an exponential rise in the production of vaccines in the country as the Centre is in the process of supporting vaccine manufacturers for ramping up vaccine availability in the country, he said.

India reported 2,59,591 new cases and 4,209 deaths in the last 24 hours.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), as many as 3,57,295 people recovered from the COVID-19 disease across the country in the last 24 hours, which is more than the number of fresh cases reported today.

Agencies

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