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Coronavirus vaccination to start from January in India, says Health Minister

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2020, 10:04 a.m.

New Delhi: Now the coronavirus pandemic in the country has weakened considerably. 

However, coronavirus vaccination has started in many countries and many vaccines are also in their final stages in India. In such a situation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that in India, COVID-19 vaccination may start in January.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the government’s priority is the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“I personally will start getting vaccinated any week in January. The vaccines that have applied to the Emergency Use Authority are being analyzed by the drug regulator,” Harshvardhan told the news agency ANI in an interview. 

“India is no less than any country when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine and research. Our priority has been the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine. We do not want to compromise on that. With our regulatory seriousness Analyzing them, ” he added.

“I think the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is probably over, but still care should be taken. We need to follow COVID-19 rules strictly. We cannot afford to rest in the battle against COVID-19. Eventually masks, hand hygiene and social distancing will be necessary.”

Addressing a meeting of ministers on COVID-19 on Saturday, he said that the country’s scientists and health experts have worked on an indigenous vaccine and will have the capacity to vaccinate around 300 million people in India in the next six to seven months. .

There are six Kovid-19 vaccine candidates in various testing stages in India including Kovishield, Kovaxin, Zykov-D, Sputnik V, NVX-COV 2373 and a recombinant protein organ-based vaccine.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that in addition, three COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in the pre-clinical stage, one of which is in the pre-development stage.

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom (UK) approved the vaccine for Pfizer and BioNotech and became the first country in the world to do so.

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