India vaccinates record number of people, 3 hospitalised

Grant Boone
January 18, 2021

Meanwhile, on Sunday the Centre said almost 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported after day 1 of the vaccination drive in India. The data is provisional as inoculation was on in many session sites till late evening and some sites were also uploading beneficiary details manually, officials said.

Figures from Our World In Data reveal that Ireland has administered more vaccines per 100 people this week than any other country in the EU.

The vaccination drive is a crucial step to containing the virus's spread in India, which has the world's second-largest COVID-19 caseload, with more than 10.5 million infections, behind almost 24 million for the U.S. India has also suffered more than 152,000 deaths, the third-highest death toll, behind the U.S. and Brazil.

Vaccines are the "route to victory" for India, the health minister said, adding: "The vaccine will be remembered like a Sanjeevani for clinching the victory over Covid-19".

Covaxin, India's indigenous Covid-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech, is being made in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology (NIV). Indian vaccines were cheaper compared to the other global vaccines, which required stringent conditions for storage.

"Don't go by the various statements going around on social media about side effects".

Wapachee said he didn't know the exact number of vaccines received, but said the communities would be able to offer a first dose to any adult community members who want them. He flashed a victory sign for waiting photographers after receiving the injection.

Healthcare workers who took the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday are flooded with calls and messages from family and well-wishers who have been curiously enquiring about their health post the jab. "I was expecting overnight fever after getting vaccinated".

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In an initial round, 30 million health care and front line workers - such as the police and defense forces - will receive injections. The second phase is targeted at about 270 million people above the age of 50 and those at particular risk to Covid.

"With our population and a history of Universal Immunisation Program which involves targeted vaccination against 12 vaccine-preventable diseases, India stands at the cusp of recording history and shows the way to peers across the globe", Vardhan said at a press briefing, according to The Hindu.

Serum Institute, which daily manufactures 2.4 million doses of Covishield, plans to ramp up production to 14.4 million doses a day, a company official said.

People in Greater London are most reluctant to have the jab as just 41 per cent said they would definitely get it. "Is the decision-making going to be agile?"

"A debate has started that why are Health Ministers or people's representatives not taking vaccine", he added. "That is the trickiest part of this rollout".

"This is a very huge operation". "We request you to vaccinate us with Covishield".

"The Chief Minister feels that people of the state should get vaccines free of cost".

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