A senior Health Ministry official said that India is looking forward to vaccinating 250-300 million people against COVID-19 by July 2021. This will include about 30 million health care and frontline workers. The government is gearing up to procure about 600 million vaccine doses.
The efforts to devise measures to successfully launch a vaccination drive is underway. The vaccine is expected to be made available in the first quarter of 2021. The Centre's vaccine committee has created different categories to make the administration smoother. Corona warriors, people above 65 years of age, those between 50 and 65 years of age, and those below 50 years of age with chronic diseases will be prioritised.
Union Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has instructed the state and district level committees to review preparatory activities. The COVID-19 vaccine introduction is expected to span over a year.
India recorded a spike of 44,376 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This has taken the tally to 9.22 million. The country currently has 444,746 active cases. The death toll has reached 134,699. 8,642,711 patients have recovered.
The number of daily cases was remaining below 39,000 for three days this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the government's priority is to ensure a vaccine as soon as it meets the scientific criteria.