- Sputnik V vaccine is made in Russia, India has given approval
- Now looking at private centers, soon in government too
- The chairperson of the Kovid-19 working group told TOI
- So far, more than one crore vaccine doses have been administered.
Sputnik V, made in Russia, will soon be available at government immunization centers as well. Dr NK Arora, chairperson of the Kovid-19 Working Group, said that this vaccine will be made available free of cost. “As of now, Sputnik V is available only in the private sector. Depends on the supply, we want to make it available under our free immunization programme.
Sputnik V has to be stored at -18 degree Celsius temperature. Arora said that cold chain facilities used for storing polio vaccine will be used to store Sputnik V. This will also ensure that the vaccine reaches the rural areas of the country.
50 crore doses will be taken by July!
Arora said that due to polio vaccination, the pace of Kovid vaccination has slowed down in some areas. He said, ‘The Kovid vaccination program will be streamlined in the coming week.’ He told the Times of India that 34 crore doses have been administered so far. Dr. Arora expressed the possibility of taking 12 to 16 crore more doses by the end of July. In January, the Center had said that around 50 crore doses would be administered by the end of July to cover priority groups.
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Target to vaccine 1 crore daily
He said that a large part of the vaccine supply is from Covishield and Covaxin itself. According to Dr Arora, “Besides increasing the production of these two vaccines, the introduction of the Sputnik V vaccine and the rollout of the new vaccines by Moderna and Zydus Cadila will increase the daily coverage from 50 lakh to 80 lakh, even 1 crore in the coming weeks. Can do.”
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‘Too early to connect Delta Plus to third wave’
The government aims to cover every person above 18 years (about 93 crore) by the end of this year. Dr Arora said that a latest ICMR report is predicting a third wave by February or March next year, so the country has a time period of about 8 months. It is too early to see the possibility of a third wave being linked to the Delta Plus variant, he added. So far 52 cases of this variant have been reported in India.