Join in the fight against novel coronavirus: VP Naidu receives first jab of covid-19 vaccine

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu took his first vaccine shot against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Monday as India began Phase 2 of its covid-19 vaccination drive. The information was shared via a tweet by the vice president’s secretariat wherein it was shared that Naidu was vaccinated at the Government Medical College in Chennai.

“I took my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Government Medical College, Chennai today. I will be taking the 2nd dose after 28 days. I appeal to all the eligible people to get themselves vaccinated proactively and join in the fight against novel coronavirus,” the VP’s secretariat quoted him as saying.

Before the Vice President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had received the vaccine shot at All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in New Delhi. Other leaders who have been administered the vaccine shot include Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Odisha chief Minister Navin Patnaik and veteran Congress leader Sharad Pawar.

According to sources, PM Modi was given Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, whose safety and efficacy has come under scrutiny due to its unavailable phase-III results. 

India has two authorised vaccines — Covisheild and Covaxin, against the virus.  While Covishield has been manufactured by Serum Institute of India in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Oxford University, Covaxin is an indegenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech. 

More vaccines are likely to be granted for emergency use for use in the coming months, including Russia’s Sputnik-V and Cadila Healthcare’s ZyCov-D.

India with the world’s second largest population saw world’s biggest vaccination drive taking place with the country becoming fastest to inoculate one million people in just six days. The vaccination drive in India began on January 16.

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For the last few days, the country has been reporting an upward trend in the number of daily covid-19 cases.  While the country’s daily infections were being reported below 10k in January, of late the toll has reached above 15,000.  With the new developments, the positivity rate has also increased. 

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