New Delhi: The third part of Coronavirus vaccination drive within the nation is prone to happen within the month of March and round 27 crore folks aged 50 years and above and people with co-morbidities will get the jabs, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated in Lok Sabha on Friday. In response to queries associated to Covid vaccines and vaccination drive throughout Question Hour, Harsh Vardhan stated that just about 50 lakh folks have been inoculated within the nation to date including that vaccination drive for frontline staff has begun this week. ALSO READ | Jammu & Kashmir: 4G Internet Services Restored In Entire Valley After Nearly 18 (*50*)
“In coming days, 27 crore people who find themselves of above 50 years of age and people below 50 with co-morbidities can be vaccinated,” Vardhan stated. India’s mega vaccination drive kickstarted on January 16, beginning with healthcare and frontline staff, each estimated to be round 3 crore.
“After the completion of first and second phases, the third part may very well be launched from any week subsequent month. The third part will cowl folks above the age of 50.” Vardhan stated. The Union Minister, nevertheless, talked about that it could not be potential to inform a precise date, however estimates counsel that the third part vaccination drive may start in third or fourth week of March.
Vardhan additionally remined the House that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has allotted a sum of Rs 35,000 in Union Budget for vaccination drive and has additionally assured that the quantity can be elevated if required.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief additionally stated that aside from Covishield and Covaxin, work is in progress on seven vaccines. “Of the seven, three vaccines are in part 3 medical trial stage. Two vaccines are in part 1 and a pair of medical trial levels and the remaining two are in superior pre-clinical stage,” he stated.
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Vardhan additionally knowledgeable that India has acquired requests for vaccines from 22 nations. These nations embody Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa and the UAE. There can be request from the Pacific Island nations.
Vaccines have already been provided to as many as 15 nations via grant help and contracted doses including that 56 lakh doses of Coronavirus vaccines have been despatched via grants and 5 lakh via contracts.