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People Above 50 Years Of Age To Get COVID-19 Vaccines From Next Month, Says Union Health Minister

Mumbai: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to people above 50 years of age by March.

Addressing a press conference on the matter, Vardhan also said that not a single coronovirus case has been detected in 188 districts of the country in the last seven days.

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“We will be in a situation to administer vaccines to those above 50 years of age in March… In the last 7 days, no new cases of COVID19 have been reported in 188 districts of the country,” Harsh Vardhan said.

He, however, appealed that it is important that people continue to follow the actual vaccine as well as COVID appropriate behaviour.

“80-85 per cent frontline workers vaccinated, 20-25 countries to be availed with the vaccine. At least 18-20 vaccines are in preclinical, clinical & advanced stages. Expect them in the coming months,” he further added.

The Union Health Minister expressed confidence that if the dream of ‘All Health for All’ is ever fulfilled in the world, its model will be developed in India.

“Our holistic approach, ancient medical wisdom, other health facilities and systems collectively will make a model emulatable for the world,” he said, news agency ANI quoted.

The government gave a go-ahead to two vaccines – COVAXIN by state-owned Bharat Biotech and Covishield by Serum Institute of India (SII) – in January and the vaccination drives were undertaken after two dry runs across the country. India has also reached out to neighbouring nations and allies with vaccines.

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