Adequate cold chain infrastructure made available in India for immunization: Ministry of Health
States were instructed to identify at least one immunization adverse event management center (EFSA) in each block to ensure that any adverse reactions or side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine could be contained quickly, the health secretary said. Rajesh Bhushan at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Countries where vaccination has already started, especially in the UK, had adverse events on the very first day. So it is as essential as states and UTs [Union Territories] get ready for that too, “he said.
NITI member Aayog (health) Dr. VK Paul said that this is an adult vaccine that will be administered on such a large scale for the first time and will not start from the hospital. “This will require extra caution,” he said.
India currently has 6 COVID-19 vaccines proposed in clinical trials and three have applied for emergency use authorizations. The Comptroller General of Medicines of India has also granted authorization for clinical trials for another candidate vaccine in India – the new candidate for mRNA vaccine, HGCO19, which was developed by Gennova, Pune and is supported by the government. The vaccines will be stable at 2-8 ° C for two months and thus will allow us to use the available cold chains, ”he said.
In India, although case mortality was declining, the situation should not be taken for granted. “Most of us are still susceptible. Uttarakhand, Himachal and Nagaland are states where the situation is worrying. This is a devastating disease. It can cause a mild illness, but it can also take a serious turn, as we have seen in the case of fungal infection reported at a hospital in Delhi. The infection caused patients to lose their sight, “said Dr. Paul.
Giving details on the ongoing training to ensure a safe and effective vaccination of the population, Mr Bhushan said that the proper infrastructure of the cold chain has been made available throughout India.
“Guidelines have been issued for estimating electrical and non-electrical equipment for the cold chain and their consolidation and 29,000 points have been issued for the cold chain, 240 coolers, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for vaccination, “he said.
Case data, recoveries
According to data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health, the number of new cases confirmed by COVID-19 in the last 24 hours has fallen below 22,100, the number of cases being 22,065 after 161 days. The added cases were 22,252 on July 7.
With this, the active cases dropped drastically below 3.4 lakh, the total number of positive cases being 3.39,820 and comprising 3.43% of the total cases, he said.
“The slide in active cases is complemented by an exponential increase in recoveries. The total number of recovered cases exceeded 94 lakhs [94,22,636] and the gap between active cases and recovered cases is constantly growing and currently stands at 90,82,816. The national recovery rate continued to rise to 95.12%, “he said.
Highest recovery rate
India’s recovery rate is one of the highest in the world for countries with a large number of cases. This includes the USA, Italy, Russia and Brazil.
According to data published by the ministry, 34,477 have been recovered and downloaded in the last 24 hours. It was observed that 74.24% of the new recoveries are concentrated in 10 states / UT.
Maharashtra reported the maximum number of recoveries in one day: 4,610. There were 4,481 in Kerala and 2,980 in West Bengal. Maharashtra still had the largest new daily cases, at 2,949; followed by Kerala (2,707) and West Bengal (1,834).
India has also reported 354 deaths in the last 24 hours, with Maharashtra and Delhi both reporting 60 new deaths. West Bengal follows 43 daily deaths