Center to use 29,000 points of the cold chain, 41,000 freezers for storage

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday detailed the Center’s plan for storing coronavirus vaccines as it prepares for a massive inoculation campaign.

Health Union Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference that storage arrangements will include 29,000 cold chain points, 240 portable refrigerators, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 refrigerators. solar.

The health secretary said the equipment had already been delivered to the states, according to PTI. He added that all states and territories in the Union have concluded vaccination-related meetings with state steering committees and the state task force.

Bhushan added that a “multilevel governance mechanism” has been established to monitor the vaccination process. “Twenty-three ministries / departments of [the] the government and states have been identified and assigned roles for the dissemination of vaccines, “he said.

The health secretary added that states must be prepared to manage adverse events following immunization. “While undertaking a universal immunization program, some negative effects have been observed in children and pregnant women after vaccination,” he said. “Therefore, it is important that union states and territories are prepared.”

The health ministry has also released operational guidelines for vaccination. The government’s plan calls for five-member vaccination teams that inoculate 100 to 200 people in each session per day, internet-enabled sites, and use the latest electoral roll to identify the priority population over the age of 50.

The health ministry said a vaccine will be offered first to frontline health workers and people over 50, followed by people under the age of 50 with associated comorbidities based on the evolving situation of the coronavirus pandemic. He added that a dose would eventually be given to the remaining population, based on the epidemiology of the disease and the availability of vaccines.

The Serum Institute of Pune, Bharat Biotech of Hyderabad and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer have applied for authorization for emergency use in India. The government has not yet signed an agreement for a coronavirus vaccine, so it is unclear when it will be available for use in the country. The Center is likely to approve some coronavirus vaccines in the coming weeks. The final request on the effectiveness of a vaccine will be taken by the Drugs Controller General of India.

India has recorded more than 99 lakh cases of the coronavirus the second highest in the world and 1.43,709 deaths. So far 94,22,636 people have recovered from the infection.

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