Adequate cold chain infrastructure made available throughout India for immunization: Ministry of Health
States were tasked with identifying at least one Post Immunization Adverse Event Management Center (AEFI) in each block to ensure that any adverse reactions or side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine could be quickly contained, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan at a press conference on Tuesday.
“In countries where vaccination has already started, especially in the UK, adverse events have occurred from day one. Hence, it is essential that the United States and the UT [Union Territories] get ready for that too, ” he said.
Dr VK Paul, a NITI Aayog (health) member, said it was an adult vaccine that would be administered on such a large scale for the first time and would not start from the hospital setting. “This will require more caution,” he noted.
India currently had 6 COVID-19 vaccines proposed in clinical trials and three were seeking authorization for emergency use. “The Drugs Controller General of India has also granted clinical trial clearance for another candidate vaccine from India – the new mRNA vaccine candidate, 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 our available cold chain, “he said.
In India, although mortality was on the decline, the situation should not be taken for granted. “Most of us are still sensitive. Uttarakhand, Himachal and Nagaland are states where the situation is cause for concern. This is a devastating disease. It could cause mild illness but it can also take a serious turn, as we saw in the case of a fungal infection reported in a Delhi hospital. The infection caused the patients to lose vision, ”Dr Paul pointed out.
Providing details of the ongoing preparation to ensure safe and effective vaccination of the population, Mr. Bhushan said that an adequate cold chain infrastructure has been made available throughout India.
“Guidelines have been issued for the estimation of electrical and non-electrical equipment for the cold chain and their strengthening and 29,000 points of the cold chain, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-coated refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for the vaccination campaign, ” he said.
Case data, recoveries
According to data released Tuesday by the Ministry of Health, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours has dropped below 22,100, with the case count standing at 22,065 after 161 days. The added cases were 22,252 on 7 July.
With this, active cases have drastically decreased to below 3.4 lakh, with a total of positive cases standing at 3.39,820 and comprising 3.43% of the total cases, he said.
“The active cases slide is complemented by an exponential increase in recoveries. The total number of cases recovered crossed 94 lakhs [94,22,636] and the gap between active and recovered cases is continuously increasing and currently stands at 90,82,816. The national recovery rate has further increased to 95.12%, ” he said.
Higher recovery rate
India’s recovery rate is one of the highest in the world for countries with a high workload. This includes the United States, Italy, Russia and Brazil.
According to data released by the Ministry, 34,477 had recovered and resigned in the last 24 hours. It was observed that 74.24% of new recoveries are concentrated in 10 States / UT.
Maharashtra reported the maximum number of recoveries in a single day: 4,610. There were 4,481 in Kerala and 2,980 in West Bengal. Maharashtra still had the new highest daily cases, at 2,949; followed by Kerala (2,707) and West Bengal (1,834).
India has also reported 354 fatalities in the past 24 hours, with Maharashtra and Delhi both reporting 60 new deaths. West Bengal follows with 43 daily deaths