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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Directed For Speedy Access To COVID19 Vaccines For Citizens Once Ready

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  • The PMO said in a statement that three vaccines are in advanced stages of development, two of which are in phases and one is in phase-I
  • Country should use the experience of successful election management and disaster management in vaccine distribution said PM Modi.

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the vaccine should be made available as soon as possible considering the geographical location and diversity of the country in view of the COVID19 situation in the country and the readiness for vaccine distribution.

He noted that the rate of increase and decrease in the rate of COVID19 is decreasing day by day and stressed on strict adherence to every step of vaccination, logistics, distribution, and administration.

The PMO said in a statement that three vaccines are in advanced stages of development, two of which are in phases and one is in phase-I

It said Indian scientific and research teams were cooperating and strengthening research capabilities in neighboring countries – Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. There are further requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar, and Bhutan for clinical trials in their countries.

The Prime Minister directed that the vaccine should be introduced as soon as possible considering the geographical location and diversity of the country. Every step in logistics, distribution, and administration should be strictly adhered to, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that the country should use the experience of successful election management and disaster management in vaccine distribution.

This includes the construction of necessary equipment such as cold storage chains, distribution networks, monitoring systems, advance assessments and wells, and syringes.

According to two Pan India studies on the genome of SARSCOV-2 (COVID-1 virus) conducted in India by the ICMR and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the virus is genetically stable and there are no major mutations in the virus.

He said that vaccine delivery and administration systems should be put in place in a similar manner. This should involve the participation of states, UTs, and district-level functionaries, civil society organizations, volunteers, citizens, and experts from all necessary domains. The entire process should have a strong IT backbone and the system should be designed in such a manner so as to have a lasting value to our healthcare system, the release said.

The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), in consultation with state governments and all relevant stakeholders, has prepared a detailed blueprint for vaccine storage, distribution, and administration.

The expert group, in consultation with the states, is actively working on vaccine priority and vaccine delivery.

The Prime Minister directed that the country should “not limit efforts to our neighborhood, but reach out to the whole world to provide vaccines, medicines, and IT platforms for vaccine delivery systems”.

He cautioned against complacency over the decline in coronavirus cases and insisted on maintaining efforts to stop the epidemic.

He insisted on continued social distancing, COVID-appropriate behavior such as wearing the mask, regularly washing hands, and sanitation especially in the wake of the upcoming festival season.

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