Mumbai: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that after seeing the results of COVID-19 vaccination today, many more people will turn to the vaccine.
Singh said, “After seeing the results of the COVID-19 vaccination today, many more people will come for vaccination. We will export the vaccines to other countries also as India believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family),” said Singh in Lucknow while speaking to the reporters.
“I met doctors and health staff here to congratulate the entire medical fraternity. PM Modi has put a lot of effort in this direction. He has accepted the COVID epidemic as a challenge from the beginning. We witnessed a shortage of ventilators, PPE kits etc but today we have a sufficient number of labs, etc in the country,” he added.
The drug regulatory body of India has currently approved two vaccines. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India has developed the Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, while Covaxin has been developed by Bharat Biotech of Hyderabad in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medicine (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology.
A dedicated 24×7 call center – 1075 has also been set up to address queries related to the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine rollout, and co-win software.
The Union Health Ministry said that the initial purchase of 1.65 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin against Covid-19 has been allocated to all the States/UTs.