Published On: Sun, Oct 4th, 2020

India seeks up to 50 crore coronavirus vaccine doses by July

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hopes to receive up to 50 crore doses of coronavirus vaccine by July to inoculate about 25 crores people, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, as infections in the world’s second-worst affected country continue to surge.

Relatives mourn as they stand next to a body of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before his cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, September 28, 2020.

India’s has recorded some 65.5 lakh infections, with 75,829 in the past 24 hours, while COVID-19-related deaths have totaled 101,782, health ministry data showed.

“There is a high-level expert body going into all aspects of vaccines,” Vardhan wrote on Twitter. “Our rough estimate and the target would be to receive and utilise 40 to 50 crore doses covering (20 crore-25 crore) people by July 2021.”

Serum Institute of India and private companies have been teaming up with organizations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to U.S. drug developer Novavax Inc in a scramble to secure vaccines for the country of 130 crore people.

India has set up committees to look into various aspects of the vaccine supply chain, including availability timelines for various vaccines, while obtaining commitments from manufacturers to ensure the maximum doses are available, Vardhan said.

He said the federal government is committed to taking all measures to ensure “fair and equitable” distribution of vaccines once they are ready.

The South Asian nation, second only to the United States in caseload, has scope for higher infections as a large chunk of the population remains unexposed to the virus, a survey showed on Tuesday.

To prioritise the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the health ministry aims to prepare a list of key personnel, such as frontline health workers, by the end of the month.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by The Sen Times staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: Reuters

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