29k cold chain points, 41k freezers: India prepares for COVID-19 vaccine storage

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oi-Deepika S

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Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 8:38 PM [IST]

New Delhi, December 15: The Union Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that 29,000 points for the cold chain, 240 coolers, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice-cold refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used to store COVID-19 vaccine.

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Providing details about cold chain management at a news conference here, Health Union Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Center had issued guidelines to states for estimating and consolidating cold chain electrical and non-electrical equipment.

He also said that guidelines for the management of the cold chain had been issued at the last points of the cold chain and at the session places.

“A total of 29,000 points will be used for the cold chain, 240 coolers, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators,” Bhushan said.

“All this equipment has already been delivered to the states. Other equipment is being provided,” he said.

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Giving more details about the preparations, the senior official said that 36 states and territories of the Union have held meetings of the state steering committees and the state task force, while 633 districts have held meetings of the district task force in this sense.

He said that twenty-three ministries and departments in the center and states have been identified and assigned roles such as planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness raising, among others, for vaccine launch.

Training modules for medical officers, vaccination officers, alternative vaccination officers, cold chain managers, supervisors, data managers and ASHA coordinators are also completed, and physical training as well as training on virtual / online platforms have begun. health.

He also completed national and state training of trainers (ToT) workshops.

In response to a question from the press, Bhushan said that state governments are allowed to form vaccination sitting places even in units where the army or paramilitaries are stationed.

Vaccination of 100-200 people in each session per day, monitoring them for 30 minutes after taking photos for any adverse event and allowing a single beneficiary at a time is among the guidelines issued by the center for the COVID inoculation unit- 19.

According to recent guidelines issued to states, the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system – a digitized platform – will be used to track beneficiaries enrolled for vaccination and coronavirus vaccines in real time.

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