Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that he is ‘confident’ that the coronavirus vaccine will be ready in the next three to four months.
Minister Harsh Vardhan was addressing the FICCI FLO webinar on ‘The Shifting Healthcare Paradigm During and Post-Covid’ when he made the statement.
“I am confident that COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months. Priority for the vaccine will be designed on the basis of scientific data. Health care workers and corona warriors will naturally be prioritised followed by elderly and disease-prone people. Very detailed planning is underway for vaccine dissemination. An e-vaccine intelligence platform has been created to discuss the blueprint for the same. Tracking and tracing of the vaccine would be neck-deep once it’s available for the public. Hopefully, 2021 should be a better year for all of us,” news agency quoted the Health Minister as saying.
Vardhan further estimated that by July-August 2021, 400-500 million doses will be made available for 25-30 crore people.
“It is natural the vaccine distribution would have to be prioritised. As you know the healthcare workers, who are corona warriors, will be on priority. Then, people who are above 65 years of age they have been prioritised, then those from 50-65 years of age have been prioritised,” news agency PTI quoted Vardhan as saying.
“Then those below 50 years who have other diseases. It is all being decided by experts with a scientific point of view. We have made a very detailed, meticulous plan on this. What we would have to do in March-April next year, we have started planning for it from now only,” Vardhan added, PTI reported.
The minister said one can protect oneself from this deadly virus with small precautions like wearing a good quality mask properly, maintaining social distance and taking care of hand-hygiene.