India seeks up to 50crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 2021.
By Sharonya Kundu
Ministry of health and family welfare data shows that India has recorded some 6.55 million infections, with 75,829 in the past 72 hours, while COVID-19 related deaths add up to 101,782.
India hopes to receive up to 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by July to immunize about 250 million people, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, as infection in the world's second-worst affected country continues to rush. Health ministry is doing an esteemed awaiting on the different aspects of vaccines. After evaluation, their target is to secure and make use of 400 to 500 million doses covering (200 million - 250 million) people by July 2021. Serum Institute of India and a few private companies have been linking up with organizations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the United States drug developer Novavax Inc in a clamber to procure vaccines for the country of 1.3 billion people.
A bureau has been set to look into the various aspects of the vaccine supply chain, including the accessibility timelines for various vaccines while acquiring commitments from manufacturers to ensure the maximum doses are available. Vardhan said that the federal government had pledged to take all measures to ensure the "fair and equitable" distribution of vaccines once they are prepared. The South Asian nation, second only to the United States in workload, has scopes for higher infections as a huge amount of the population remains unexposed to the virus, a survey showed on Tuesday. First things first, the health ministry focuses on preparing a list of key personnel, such as frontline health workers by the end of the month and also making sure that the division of coronavirus vaccines is distributed among everyone equally.