The government of India on Wednesday permitted the round-the-clock COVID-19 vaccination, to ramp up the vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus.
The vaccination drive began received a fresh boost with the makers of the indigenous Covaxin announcing that it has shown an interim efficacy of about 81% in the Phase 3 clinical trials.
The statement came hours after the government allowed all the private hospitals to give the coronavirus vaccines if they follow the laid guidelines, along with that 9AM to 5PM timing has also been done away with.
However, the Union Health Ministry said, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered since January 16 has crossed 1.63 crore on Wednesday evening.
Now Above 45-Years-Old Are Getting Vaccinated For COVID-19
About 8,44,884 people who are more than 60 years old and 1,04,263 or people aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities have received their first jab in the second phase of the exercise which started on March 1.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted in Hindi, a day after he got the COVID-19 vaccine said, “The government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. People can now get vaccinated 24×7 according to their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens”.
It has been announced by the Indian Council of Medical Research that is country’s apex search body and Bharat Biotech has announced that the Phase 3 results of Covaxin that are developed by them have shown an interim vaccine efficacy of 81 percent in fighting the Covid-19 virus.
“The bench-to-bedside journey of completely indigenous COVID-19 vaccine in less than eight months’ time showcases the immense strength of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) to fight the odds and stand tall in the global public health community.
“It is also a testament to India’s emergence as a global vaccine superpower,” said Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR, said on Wednesday.
President Was Administered Coronavirus Vaccine
President Ram Nath Kovind was administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at an army hospital in the national capital on Wednesday.
Several other prominent people including Union Minister Hardeep Puri, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, and Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad also received their first jabs.