India To Have Enough COVID Vaccine Doses To Inoculate Up To 1 Crore People Per Day By Early August: ICMR Chief | News

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ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said India’s COVID vaccination is being ramped up

Highlights
  • By December we hope to have the whole country vaccinated: ICMR Chief
  • ICMR Chief Dr Balram Bhargava said there is no shortage of COVID vaccines
  • Mixing of two doses of COVID-19 vaccines is not allowed: Dr VK Paul

New Delhi: India will have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate up to one crore people per day by mid-July or early August, the government asserted on Tuesday (June 1) as it underlined that there is no shortage of jabs and called for patience citing the country’s large population. Noting that the ferocious second wave is on the verge of abating, the government said that ramping up of testing as well as containment at the district level “has worked” in bringing down the cases. At the same time, it cautioned that while the easing of lockdown is imperative, it has to be done very slowly.

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Whatever we know from possible scenarios presented by eminent people, it (COVID) will decline and June will be much much more better but the concerns are when we open up how do we behave because the virus has not gone anywhere, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said.

Addressing a press conference, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said India’s vaccination is being ramped up and “by December we hope to have the whole country vaccinated”.

He mentioned that India is one of the five countries which are producing vaccines and asserted that “there is no shortage of vaccines”.

“Shortage is what you feel if you want to vaccinate the country within a month. The total number of vaccinations done in the country is nearly equivalent to the total number done in the United States and our population is four times the population of the USA. We have to have some patience.”

By mid-of year, mid-July or early August, we will have more than enough doses to vaccinate up to a crore per day, he said.

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Joint Secretary in Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said 4,03,49,830 vaccine doses were supplied from the Centre to states free of cost in May while 2,66,50,500 doses were directly procured by states and 1,24,54,760 doses were directly procured by private hospitals. In the past month, a total of 7,94,55,090 doses were available, of which 6,10,57,003 doses have been administered. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 21,60,46,638, according to the ministry data updated this morning.

Dr Bhargava said in the first week of April there were less than 200 districts that had more than 10 percent case positivity which in the last week of April rose to nearly 600 districts. India ramped up testing as well as containment which worked but still 239 districts have more than 10 percent positivity, 145 districts have a positivity between 5 to 10 percent while 350 districts, which is nearly half of India, have less than 5 percent case positivity, he said.

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We are moving in the right direction. Testing has been ramped as well as the containment at the district level has worked. However, it is not a sustainable solution and we have to find a mechanism on how to ease our containment or lockdown and that has to be done very gradually.

“The opening up revolves on three pillars, the test positivity rate in that particular district has to be less than 5 percent for over a week, at least 70 percent of vulnerable population should be vaccinated and community ownership for this COVID-19-appropriate behaviour as well as care should be taken up by the community in a big way,” he said.

Dr Paul said the peak rose very fast driven by highly transmissible variants and a pool of vulnerable people available to virus.

It went beyond estimates. It is coming down but change happened because of restriction-based containment was implemented intensively, he said.

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Mr Agarwal said there has been a continuous decrease in daily cases since India reported a peak on May 7. There has been an almost 69 percent decline in COVID-19 cases since the highest peak, he said. Also, there has been a consistent decline in active cases which presently stand at 18.95 lakh. A decrease in active cases by more than 18 lakhs since the peak on May 10 (a decline of almost 50 percent) has been observed. The daily positivity rate reported on Tuesday is 6.62 percent, the lowest since April 1.

Dr Paul said mixing of COVID-19 vaccines is not in protocol and clarified that there is no change in the schedule of two-dose vaccines Covishield and Covaxin. On COVID-19 among children, Dr Paul cautioned that even though the coronavirus infection has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase among them if there is a change in virus behaviour or epidemiology dynamics, and said preparations are on to deal with any such situation.

“We reassure you that the needs of the paediatric population will be arranged and no gaps will be left,” he said, adding “we will do an audit of what is required and would be required in the worst-case scenario and be put into action.”

Dr Paul said multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) has been seen post-COVID among children and a national group has been formed to look into the pediatric complications related to the infection. He refused to comment on the doctors’ protest on a statement by yoga guru Ramdev on allopathy.

Also Read: COVID-19 Infection Not Taken Serious Shape Among Children, Can Impact If Changes Nature: Dr VK Paul

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World

17,07,15,133Cases

5,90,12,571Active

10,81,52,706Recovered

35,49,856Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,07,15,133 and 35,49,856 have died; 5,90,12,571 are active cases and 10,81,52,706 have recovered as on June 1, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

2,81,75,044 1,27,510Cases

18,95,5201,30,572Active

2,59,47,629 2,55,287Recovered

3,31,895 2,795Deaths

In India, there are 2,81,75,044 confirmed cases including 3,31,895 deaths. The number of active cases is 18,95,520 and 2,59,47,629 have recovered as on June 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

57,46,892 15,077

2,56,178 18,423

53,95,370 33,000

95,344 500

Karnataka

26,04,431 16,604

3,13,751 28,280

22,61,590 44,473

29,090 411

Kerala

25,26,579 12,300

2,07,379 16,741

23,10,385 28,867

8,815 174

Tamil Nadu

20,96,516 27,936

3,01,781 3,765

17,70,503 31,223

24,232 478

Andhra Pradesh

16,93,085 7,943

1,53,795 12,000

15,28,360 19,845

10,930 98

Uttar Pradesh

16,91,488 1,472

37,044 4,170

16,33,947 5,491

20,497 151

Delhi

14,26,240 648

11,040 1,060

13,90,963 1,622

24,237 86

West Bengal

13,76,377 10,137

87,048 7,850

12,73,788 17,856

15,541 131

Chhattisgarh

9,71,463 2,163

35,741 3,520

9,22,674 5,651

13,048 32

Rajasthan

9,39,958 1,498

42,654 6,570

8,88,919 8,000

8,385 68

Gujarat

8,09,169 1,681

32,345 3,058

7,66,991 4,721

9,833 18

Madhya Pradesh

7,80,030 1,205

23,390 3,866

7,48,573 5,023

8,067 48

Odisha

7,64,997 8,313

81,311 2,127

6,80,932 10,405

2,754 35

Haryana

7,56,635 1,246

18,580 2,507

7,29,752 3,671

8,303 82

Bihar

7,06,761 1,113

16,236 2,142

6,85,362 3,196

5,163 59

Telangana

5,78,351 2,524

34,084 958

5,40,986 3,464

3,281 18

Punjab

5,67,607 2,192

36,433 2,830

5,16,624 4,904

14,550 118

Assam

4,11,216 4,348

53,041 754

3,54,810 5,037

3,365 65

Jharkhand

3,37,774 831

8,907 999

3,23,876 1,816

4,991 14

Uttarakhand

3,29,494 1,156

28,371 1,986

2,94,671 3,091

6,452 51

Jammu And Kashmir

2,90,465 1,525

35,095 2,582

2,51,463 4,070

3,907 37

Himachal Pradesh

1,90,330 865

13,621 1,319

1,73,566 2,168

3,143 16

Goa

1,55,666 602

12,763 1,247

1,40,254 1,825

2,649 24

Puducherry

1,04,453 627

11,147 1,020

91,770 1,629

1,536 18

Chandigarh

60,046 124

1,767 367

57,526 483

753 8

Tripura

51,974 841

6,547 10

44,908 845

519 6

Manipur

50,751 869

8,791 309

41,153 546

807 14

Meghalaya

35,598 408

6,913 583

28,107 977

578 14

Arunachal Pradesh

27,272 322

3,755 28

23,402 350

115

Nagaland

21,680 117

4,934 115

16,370 219

376 13

Ladakh

18,662 165

1,614 59

16,859 105

189 1

Sikkim

15,317 146

4,021 60

11,043 83

253 3

Mizoram

12,399 312

3,145 111

9,214 199

40 2

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,286 30

325 14

9,957 44

4

Lakshadweep

8,077 149

1,802 204

6,242 352

33 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,005 21

171 16

6,719 36

115 1





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