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    India's COVID-19 vaccine mega-drive - will it succeed?

    One hopes so - the magnitude of the task to vaccinate such a large population makes it the toughest undertaking ever done by GOI


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    India on Tuesday began the mammoth task of ferrying the first lot of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield doses, developed in Pune’s Serum Institute of India, with 9 flights carrying as many as 5.6 million doses to 13 cities ahead of the vaccination drive scheduled from January 16.

    The flights from Pune were scheduled to ferry the vaccines to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh on day one of the transportation drive, Union aviation minister Hardeep Puri announced on Tuesday.

    Private carriers including SpiceJet, GoAir, Indigo and national carrier Air India were deployed for the transportation of the vaccines.

    The first flight operated by Spicejet departed from Pune airport with 1088 kg of the vaccine consignment packed in 34 boxes and reached Delhi airport at 9:54 am. The second flight operated by GoAir ferried 70,800 vials of Covid-19 vaccines to Chennai.

    “Some flights post 8 pm will operate from Mumbai airport too due to construction at Pune airport, cargo trucks will ferry the vaccine consignment from Pune to Mumbai. The schedule of flights ferrying consignment of vaccines from Hyderabad will be prepared once the government finalises and places an order with Bharat Biotech,” a senior official said.

    The government had on Monday placed orders in advanced commitments for over six crore doses of vaccines from SII and Bharat Biotech for inoculating three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase.

    “Civil aviation sector launches yet another momentous mission. Vaccine movement starts. First two flights operated by SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off,” Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri tweeted on Tuesday morning.

    “Good news just flew in! The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines reached Delhi Airport today. Our cargo terminal efficiently handled it through temperature-controlled technology, ranging from -20 Deg C to +25 Deg C,” Delhi airport tweeted.

    The Centre will bear the entire cost of vaccinating 30 million healthcare and frontline workers — employees across government departments, the police and civic bodies — at the start of the world’s biggest immunization drive against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

    The government on Friday put final touches to its Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan as it held the biggest-yet drill to perfect immunization logistics and last-mile delivery, issued guidelines for safe air delivery of vaccines across the country. The guidelines directed airlines and airport authorities to ensure the vaccines are packaged in dry ice and refrigerated material in a bid to maintain low temperatures.

    The guidelines issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) state all scheduled operators who have been currently authorized to carry dangerous goods may carry Covid-19 vaccines packed in dry ice, meeting the regulatory requirements.

    “Though there may be different refrigerant options, use of dry ice (Carbon Dioxide Solid) is the most commonly used, affordable and readily available refrigerant material available in the country for transportation of perishables by air. Dry ice continually sublimates (Dry ice that is solid, transforms into Carbon Dioxide gas (CO2) at temperatures higher than -78C (-108.4O F) under normal atmospheric pressure. At reduced pressures, the sublimation rate of dry ice will increase while all other factors being the same,” it noted.

    The Centre had begun preparations for the transportation of the vaccines in December, the aviation ministry had instructed airport operators, including state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI), ground handling service providers and airlines to put in place standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines. The aviation ministry held multiple rounds of meetings with airline executives on transport logistics for the vaccine, HT had reported on December 7.

    Airlines too had begun preparations for transportation; and started partnering with pharmaceutical transportation companies offering cold storage. SpiceJet had announced the signing of multiple memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with an aggressive push for cold storage transportation ahead of the drive.

    “I am happy to share that SpiceJet has carried India’s first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine today. The first consignment of Covishield consisting of 34 boxes and weighing 1088 kg was carried from Pune to Delhi on SpiceJet flight 8937,” Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said.

    “We will be carrying multiple vaccine consignments to different Indian cities including Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Patna and Vijayawada through the day today. SpiceJet is fully committed and prepared to transport the Covid vaccine both within and outside India. Today marks the beginning of a long and decisive phase in India’s fight against the pandemic and SpiceJet is proud to assist in the biggest vaccination drive in the history of mankind,” he added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One hopes so - the magnitude of the task to vaccinate such a large population makes it the toughest undertaking ever done by GOI
    India has successfully vaccinated and eradicated diseases like small pox in the past and polio more recently. It's not easy but they have procedures, protocols and the logistics in place.

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    The Centre will bear the entire cost of vaccinating 30 million healthcare and frontline workers — employees across government departments, the police and civic bodies — at the start of the world’s biggest immunization drive against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
    That is a huge amount. Good luck to India and I hope this is successful.

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    There is no reason it will not succeed , good luck and best wishes to them.

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    Why not

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    Good news, all the best to India!

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    Logistics are already in place. Even at village level, there are female workers who accompanies with the nurses in order to supervise the upbringing of kids in BPL families. As long as the state govt are sincere, it will succeed.

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    If you look at the time it's taken to implement Aadhaar in this country (and even now it's not fully implemented), then you have to give this the better part of the decade for it to go as planned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    If you look at the time it's taken to implement Aadhaar in this country (and even now it's not fully implemented), then you have to give this the better part of the decade for it to go as planned.
    Aadhar was given to agencies. It didn't have it's own implementation.

    Vaccination already have it's own system in place without requirement of outside agencies.

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    India Prepares For Massive Vaccine Drive, But Some Fear It's Moving Too Quickly

    As India embarks this weekend on what may become the biggest national vaccination campaign in the world, some scientists have raised questions about one of the two vaccines the country of 1.4 billion people has authorized for emergency use against COVID-19.

    More than 5 million vaccine vials arrived early Wednesday at hundreds of hospitals and clinics across India. Inoculations start Saturday. India aims to vaccinate 300 million people by July.

    The shipments consist of two formulas: One developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, and another vaccine developed by an Indian company called Bharat Biotech — billed as India's first "indigenous" vaccine. Both vaccines are being manufactured inside India.

    Officials say patients will not be able to choose which of the two vaccines they get.

    However, some scientists have expressed concern that the one produced by Bharat Biotech is being deployed prematurely. It still has yet to clear phase three clinical trials, and efficacy data isn't expected until March. Activists also allege unethical practices at one of drug's trial sites.

    "Our chief concern is the lack of efficacy data," says Malini Aisola, co-convenor of the All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), a healthcare watchdog. "It is currently too early for there to be any data. However, the regulator has cleared it for emergency restricted use, in what is being called 'clinical trial mode.' We actually have no idea what this means."

    When India's regulator announced the vaccine's approval on Jan. 3, it said it was aimed at offering more options, in addition to the AstraZeneca formula, given that a more infectious COVID strain had been discovered in the UK. But at a news conference, the Drugs Controller of India, V. G. Somani, refused to take questions.

    Many scientists, public health experts and opposition politicians are calling for more transparency.

    Bharat Biotech's founder & chairman, Krishna Ella, told a Jan. 4 news conference his company's vaccine is "200% safe."

    "We are 200% transparent, 200% honest clinical trial! And we get a bashing from everybody," Ella told reporters, accusing them of "bashing" his company.

    It's not the first time India's regulator has bypassed the last phase of clinical trials to approve a potentially life-saving medicine. It happened last spring with hydroxychloroquine, a drug President Trump touted without proof as a treatment for COVID-19.

    But there's a difference between giving an experimental drug to someone who is already sick, and giving a vaccine to someone who is healthy, says public health activist Dinesh Thakur.

    With vaccines, he says, there should be more oversight. In the case of the Bharat Biotech vaccine, "the approval process in India was a secret," Thakur says.

    He suspects it may have something to do with a new initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi called "Aatmanirbhar Bharat," or self-reliant India. In addition to a vaccine developed by the big multinational company AstraZeneca, India may also have wanted to approve one that was developed in India.

    "There seems to be some sense of nationalism. You know, we can also make a vaccine," Thakur says.

    Making vaccines — or least, mass-producing them — is something India is actually famous for. It's the world's largest vaccine producer, nicknamed 'the pharmacy to the world.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One hopes so - the magnitude of the task to vaccinate such a large population makes it the toughest undertaking ever done by GOI
    Let us hope so. However, I have a real concern that their government has chosen to approve the Bharat biotech Covaxin (as well as the Astra-Zeneca Oxford Covishield). The former - Covaxin - has been approved before completion of the Phase 3 trial. This means that nobody knows whether the vaccine works and what it's side effects are. The much smaller phase 2 trials were promising but real proof has to await the phase 3 results. It looks like the drugs authority has given in to pressure to have a "developed in India" product on the table.
    The other vaccine - Covishield - is being manufactured by the serum institute of India but was developed and tested jointly by Oxford Uni & Astra. Fortunately the largest proportion of doses will be this one. However, having the other one as part of the roll-out will result in loss of trust; especiallly as the early recipients will be doctors/nurses and other healthcare staff - who will be rightly reluctant to receive an unproven product.
    One can only hope that the phase 3 results for bharat biotech Covaxin come out soon and that the vaccine proves to be safe and effective.

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    New Delhi: Delhi will have 81 sites where Covid vaccine will be administered. Of these the Covishield vaccine -- developed by the Oxford University -- will be given at 75 sites that would include government and private hospitals. Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will be given at six sites -- all of which are hospitals run by the Central government.

    Earlier today, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government will roll out the vaccines at 81 centres, progressively increase it to 175, and then to 1,000 centres.

    At each of the centres, up to 100 vaccines will be administered in a day and four times a week -- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

    Other vaccinations will take place the rest of the week. We do not want the vaccination schedules for other illnesses to suffer," Mr Kejriwal had said.

    Delhi has received 2.74 lakh vaccines from the Centre, of which 1.2 lakh will be used for healthcare workers, Mr Kejriwal said. But so far, 2.4 lakh healthcare workers have registered for the vaccines, two doses of which are required for each person.

    Mr Kejriwal expressed hope that the national capital will receive enough vaccines.

    The Centre has purchased 1.10 crore doses of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India and will acquire another 4.50 crore doses by April. Another 55 lakh doses of Covaxin have been bought.

    Over the last 24 hours, the national capital logged 357 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths.

    Nationally, the corresponding figure is 16,946 fresh Covid cases, which took the total to 1.05 crore. Another 198 people have died, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,51,727, Health Ministry data showed.


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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Saturday one of the world's largest vaccination campaigns, as part of efforts by the populous nation to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control starting with two locally-manufactured shots.

    Modi, who addressed healthcare workers through video conferencing, will not immediately take the vaccine himself as India is initially prioritising nurses, doctors and others on the front line.

    “This will be the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country,” Modi’s office said in a statement this week.

    Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the population of the United States and several times more than its existing programme that targets 26m infants.


    The recipients include 30m doctors, nurses and other front-line workers to be followed by 270m others, who are either aged over 50 or have illnesses that make them vulnerable to Covid-19.

    Health officials haven't specified what percentage of the nearly 1.4 billion people will be targeted by the campaign. But experts say it will almost certainly be the largest such drive globally.

    The sheer scale has its obstacles. For instance, India plans to rely heavily on a digital platform to track the shipment and delivery of vaccines. But public health experts point out that the internet remains patchy in large parts of the country, and some remote villages are entirely unconnected.

    India gave the nod for emergency use of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford University and UK-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and another by Indian company Bharat Biotech, on Jan 4. Cargo planes flew 16.5m shots to different Indian cities last week.

    Health experts worry that the regulatory shortcut taken to approve the Bharat Biotech vaccine – without waiting for concrete data that would show its efficacy in preventing illness from the coronavirus – could amplify vaccine hesitancy. At least one state health minister has opposed its use.

    India's Health Ministry has bristled at the criticism and says the vaccines are safe, but maintains that health workers will have no choice in deciding which vaccine they would get themselves.

    According to Dr S P Kalantri, the director of a rural hospital in Maharashtra, India's worst-hit state, such an approach was worrying because he said the regulatory approval was hasty and not backed by science.

    "In a hurry to be populist, the government (is) taking decisions that might not be in the best interest of the common man," Kalantri said.

    Against the backdrop of the rising global Covid-19 death toll, which topped two million on Friday, the clock is ticking to vaccinate as many people as possible. But the campaign has been uneven.

    In wealthy countries, including the United States, Britain, Israel, Canada and Germany, millions of citizens have already been given some measure of protection with at least one dose of vaccine, developed with revolutionary speed and quickly authorised for use.

    But elsewhere, immunisation drives have barely gotten off the ground.

    Many experts are predicting another year of loss and hardship in places like Iran, India, Mexico and Brazil, which together account for about a quarter of the world's deaths.

    India is second to the US with 10.5m confirmed cases, and ranks third in the number of deaths, behind the US and Brazil, with almost 152,000.

    Over 35m doses of various Covid-19 vaccines have been administered around the world, according to the University of Oxford.

    While the majority of the Covid-19 vaccine doses have already been snapped up by wealthy countries, Covax, a UN-backed project to supply shots to developing parts of the world, has found itself short of vaccine, money and logistical help.

    As a result, the World Health Organisation's chief scientist warned, it is highly unlikely that herd immunity, which would require at least 70 per cent of the globe to be vaccinated, will be achieved this year.

    As the disaster has demonstrated, it is not enough to snuff out the virus in a few places.

    Even if it happens in a couple of pockets, in a few countries, it's not going to protect people across the world, Dr Soumya Swaminathan said this week.


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    India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developer Bharat Biotech has warned people with weak immunity and other medical conditions including allergies, fever or a bleeding disorder to consult a doctor before getting the shot – and if possible avoid the vaccine.

    The company on Tuesday said those receiving its Covaxin shots should disclose their medical condition, medicines they are taking and any history of allergies.

    It said severe allergic reactions among vaccine recipients may include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, rapid heartbeat, body rashes, dizziness and weakness.

    The directive by the Indian manufacturer came three days after India started what the government calls the “world’s largest vaccination programme”.

    However, the vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech ran into controversy after the country’s drug regulator allowed its use without concrete data showing its effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

    The regulator on January 4 approved the emergency use of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford University and United Kingdom-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and the other by Bharat Biotech.

    The drug regulator took the step without publishing information about the Indian vaccine’s efficacy.

    Bharat Biotech has still not published data on its vaccine’s effectiveness but said it is complying with clinical trial guidelines.

    The regulator maintains the vaccine is safe and gave its approval in the belief that it could be more effective in tackling a new variant of the coronavirus found in the UK.

    The regulator and the company have said efficacy data will be published after continuing late clinical trials conclude.

    Most hospitals in India are inoculating healthcare workers with the AstraZeneca vaccine. But turnout, particularly in those hospitals using the Bharat Biotech vaccine, has been relatively low, health officials said.

    Hospitals in New Delhi that have been administering the Bharat Biotech vaccine have seen many doctors hesitant to get the shot.

    Tens of thousands of people have been given the shot in the past three days after India started inoculating healthcare workers last weekend.

    India vaccinated 148,266 people on Monday, taking its total to 381,305, the health ministry said. Indian authorities hope to give vaccines to 300 million people by July 2021.

    The recipients are to include 30 million doctors, nurses and other front-line workers, to be followed by 270 million people who either are above 50 or have illnesses that make them vulnerable to COVID-19.

    The vaccination drive began at a time when coronavirus infections have fallen sharply, and much of life has returned to normal.

    India is second only to the United States in the number of confirmed cases at 10.5 million. The country ranks third in the number of reported deaths, behind the US and Brazil, with more than 152,000 fatalities.

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    India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts exporting COVID vaccines

    India has started exporting coronavirus vaccines with a shipment to the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, as the so-called “pharmacy of the world” looks to bolster its vaccine diplomacy.

    Many low and middle-income countries are relying on India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, for supplies to start COVID-19 immunization programmes and bring an end to their outbreaks.

    “First consignment takes off for Bhutan!” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Twitter on Wednesday. “India begins supply of Covid vaccines to its neighbouring and key partner countries.”

    The ministry said on Tuesday “supplies under grant assistance” would be shipped to the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Mauritius await regulatory clearances to receive the vaccines.

    “The Pharmacy of the World will deliver to overcome the COVID challenge,” Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar posted on Twitter, referring to the exports.

    Indian firms produce about half of the world’s vaccine supply, mostly for developing nations, according to the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

    India will also provide training for personnel involved in the vaccine roll-out in all the neighbouring countries.

    India authorised two vaccines this month for emergency use at home, one licensed from Oxford University and AstraZeneca and another developed at home by Bharat Biotech in partnership with the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research. Both are manufactured locally.

    However, Bharat Biotech on Tuesday warned people with weak immunity and other medical conditions including allergies, fever or a bleeding disorder to consult a doctor before getting the shot – and if possible avoid the vaccine.

    The company said those receiving vaccinations should disclose their medical condition, medicines they are taking and any history of allergies. It said severe allergic reactions among vaccine recipients may include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, rapid heartbeat, body rashes, dizziness and weakness.

    The Bharat Biotech vaccine, called Covaxin, ran into controversy after the Indian government allowed its use without concrete data showing its effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

    At least two other vaccines are expected to be authorised by India in the next few months.

    India will initially ship only the AstraZeneca vaccine, made by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, which brands the shot as Covishield.

    Bangladesh said it expected to receive a gift of two million doses of Covishield on Thursday. The country of more than 160 million has yet to start its vaccination programme and has ordered a further 30 million doses of the shot.

    India, which has reported the highest number of coronavirus infections after the United States, has vaccinated more than 631,417 front-line workers after the nationwide drive began on Saturday.

    The world’s second-most populous country on Wednesday reported 13,823 new cases, taking the total to 10.9 million. The number of deaths from the disease rose by 162 to 152,718, data from the health ministry showed.

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    Pharmacy of the world but millions of Indians can't afford most of drugs it produces

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornbill View Post
    Pharmacy of the world but millions of Indians can't afford most of drugs it produces
    give credit where credit due, they are manufacturing the vaccine for most of the world.

    however it is true, thats many of its citizens cannot afford the drug - its the case for pakistani as well


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    Amazing achievement. It just goes to show what good leadership and governance can do to a nation. India is now one of the most important nations around the world. Then compare it to where we were before 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Amazing achievement. It just goes to show what good leadership and governance can do to a nation. India is now one of the most important nations around the world. Then compare it to where we were before 2014.
    We were just as important. Or not important.

    Stop being a Godi shill.


    Have some Sehwag in your life.

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    Hope everyone is safe.


    Won't be surprised if it is a sabotage, given the number of Indians of a certain ideological dispensation hell bent on giving the country a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornbill View Post
    Pharmacy of the world but millions of Indians can't afford most of drugs it produces
    Contrary to what people believe, most Indians can afford Indian-made vaccinations. The country would not have eradicated polio otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    We were just as important. Or not important.

    Stop being a Godi shill.
    Lol no...India was a laughing stock around the world under MMS regime. Check what Obama had to write about Rahul Gandhi and Congress in his book. This pragmatic shift of India's reputation only happened during this current regime.

    Another astonishing thing to note is, people who were claiming Modi govt is only busy clapping and beating thalis are now maintaining pedestrian distance from this topic that India is now centre stage to fight Covid 19 by becoming biggest exporter of vaccine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    Hope everyone is safe.


    Won't be surprised if it is a sabotage, given the number of Indians of a certain ideological dispensation hell bent on giving the country a bad name.
    Who do you think set the fire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    Hope everyone is safe.


    Won't be surprised if it is a sabotage, given the number of Indians of a certain ideological dispensation hell bent on giving the country a bad name.
    Looks like sabotage. 5 people died. Arrests and sealing of company officials and the plant next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Looks like sabotage. 5 people died. Arrests and sealing of company officials and the plant next?
    Its really sad if it is indeed a sabotage. Congress was doing politics and unhappy from the day vaccine distribution started. Randeep Surjewala was doing press conference questioning the credibility of these vaccines. I wont be surprised if they put the factory on fire just to stop the production of these vaccines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Looks like sabotage. 5 people died. Arrests and sealing of company officials and the plant next?
    Thankfully, the vaccine production unit is not affected. The fire broke out somewhere else in the plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Its really sad if it is indeed a sabotage. Congress was doing politics and unhappy from the day vaccine distribution started. Randeep Surjewala was doing press conference questioning the credibility of these vaccines. I wont be surprised if they put the factory on fire just to stop the production of these vaccines.
    Those scoundrels will stoop to any level.
    The fire must be investigated and those responsible named and shamed.

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    Concerns over the efficacy and safety of Covid-19 vaccines continue to mount in the country, with even healthcare professionals of coming forward voluntarily in the numbers as expected to take the shot.

    When the vaccination drive started on January 16, according to the government data, over 2 lakh healthcare workers took the vaccine. However, after five days of vaccination drive, the number hovers around 8 lakhs.

    At this rate, it will take almost a year to vaccinate 3 crore healthcare workers in the first phase because as per the government plan, only four days in a week has been designated for the vaccination process.

    At a recent press conference, Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog made a humble appeal repeatedly to health workers to come forward.

    So why is vaccine hesitancy quite high in India? Outlook spoke to a lot of doctors who say that until politicians and parliamentarians come forward and the government releases the data on the safety and efficacy of Covaxin, hesitancy will continue to plague the vaccination drive.

    AIIMS Resident Doctors Association president Adarsh Pratap Singh says that in other countries politicians and head of states have taken the vaccine to instil confidence among people.

    “Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of any politician in India be it the PM, President, Health Minister or any parliamentarian have come forward for this. Why aren’t they taking the vaccine?” He adds that it will go a long way in inspiring the general public about its safety and efficacy.

    Doctors say that when the US President-elect Joe Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and many others can take the shot, “why our politicians are hesitant?” Singh questioned.

    Former RDA president of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital Dr Parv Mittal says, “The nation’s elected representatives taking the jab would go a long way in allaying vaccine fears amongst the country’s frontline workers especially doctors.”

    Dr Rahul Bhargava from Fortis Hospital, Gurugram says, “Our Prime Minister is a charismatic leader. We follow his advice in letter and spirit. I believe if he takes the vaccine, the hesitancy will go away among all section of society.”

    “Besides, if you see most of the parliamentarians are above 50. They should take the vaccine on priority as we need parliament to function ahead of important issues like budget etc,” Bhargava adds.

    Along with supporting this idea, many doctors also questions the unavailability of clinical trial data of Covaxin in the public domain.

    AIIMS RDA ex-general secretary Srinivas Rajkumar blames the Health Ministry and ICMR for coming out with inconsistent facts in the past on several issues related to treatment and containment of the infection.

    “The ICMR and the Health Ministry have an inconsistent approach towards many issues in the past including the vaccination process and this has dented their credibility. Now the only way forward is to make data public and enable informed decision making,” Srinivas said.

    RDA vice-president of Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital Nirmalya Mohapatra says, “At this time of vaccination, the country is looking up to doctors, doctors are the celebrities."

    He adds, “A stellar turnout of the medical fraternity will set the pace of the subsequent phases of the vaccination drive. Clearing the doubts of the medical fraternity, and not just brushing our genuine concerns under the carpet, as being victims of rumours will help a lot of healthcare workers to come out of the pehle aap mode, that they are right now.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosanquet View Post
    Let us hope so. However, I have a real concern that their government has chosen to approve the Bharat biotech Covaxin (as well as the Astra-Zeneca Oxford Covishield). The former - Covaxin - has been approved before completion of the Phase 3 trial. This means that nobody knows whether the vaccine works and what it's side effects are. The much smaller phase 2 trials were promising but real proof has to await the phase 3 results. It looks like the drugs authority has given in to pressure to have a "developed in India" product on the table.
    The other vaccine - Covishield - is being manufactured by the serum institute of India but was developed and tested jointly by Oxford Uni & Astra. Fortunately the largest proportion of doses will be this one. However, having the other one as part of the roll-out will result in loss of trust; especiallly as the early recipients will be doctors/nurses and other healthcare staff - who will be rightly reluctant to receive an unproven product.
    One can only hope that the phase 3 results for bharat biotech Covaxin come out soon and that the vaccine proves to be safe and effective.
    If I understand it correctly, phase 3 trials have about 30,000 subjects. Covaxin hasn't passed phase 3, but once around 30,000 are vaccinated (there will probably be many millions vaccinated using Covaxin) then one can study the impact. I understand this is not as rigorous as the procedure in Western countries, but the conditions in India are different and there is a push to get people vaccinated earlier rather than later.

    I would think that newer vaccine methods (like mRNA) would need to be tested more thoroughly than vaccines that followed the old true and tried route. I could be mistaken, this is your area not mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    Contrary to what people believe, most Indians can afford Indian-made vaccinations. The country would not have eradicated polio otherwise.
    Polio vaccines and some other are provided free of cost with the help of unicef, millions of Indians die of treatable diseases each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornbill View Post
    Polio vaccines and some other are provided free of cost with the help of unicef, millions of Indians die of treatable diseases each year.
    India has its own immunization program. The largest in the world. You try to portray as if Kindian immunization program is run by Unicef.

    Can you point out which are these treatable diseases and how many Individuals died because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    India has its own immunization program. The largest in the world. You try to portray as if Kindian immunization program is run by Unicef.
    As long as India taking the help of outside organisations there is nothing wrong in acknowledging their important role
    Can you point out which are these treatable diseases and how many Individuals died because of it.
    Just google


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