The nationwide professional group on vaccine administration for COVID-19 met for the primary time on Wednesday and delved on the procurement mechanisms for the vaccine, together with each indigenous and worldwide manufacturing together with guiding ideas for prioritization of inhabitants teams for vaccination. The assembly was chaired by Dr V Ok Paul, Member Niti Aayog together with Secretary (Ministry of Health) as co-chair. The committee additionally suggested all of the states not to chart separate pathways of procurement, in accordance to the well being ministry.
The group members mentioned on broad parameters guiding the collection of COVID-19 vaccine candidates for the nation and sought inputs from the standing Technical sub-committee of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
The professional group deliberated on “conceptualization and implementation mechanisms for creation of a digital infrastructure for inventory management and delivery mechanism of the vaccine including tracking of vaccination process with particular focus on last mile delivery,” the well being ministry mentioned.
“The group delved on the procurement mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccine, including both indigenous and international manufacturing along with guiding principles for prioritization of population groups for vaccination,” the ministry mentioned.
The professional group mentioned the monetary assets required for procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine and varied choices of financing the identical.
Available choices by way of delivery platforms, chilly chain and related infrastructure for roll out of COVID-19 vaccination have been additionally taken up.
Further, strategy and follow-up motion on all attainable situations to ensure equitable and clear delivery of the vaccine was deliberated upon, the ministry mentioned.
Issues associated to vaccine security and surveillance have been taken up and strategy for group involvement by clear info and consciousness creation have been mentioned, it added.
India’s assist to its key neighbors and growth companion nations for COVID-19 vaccines was additionally mentioned.
“The expert group discussed that India will leverage domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity and will also engage with all international players for early delivery of vaccines not only in India but also in low and middle income countries,” the ministry mentioned.
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