New Delhi: The Modi government has set a target of getting the corona vaccine to all the adult population by the end of this year. However, many opposition parties including the Congress are raising questions about the success of this announcement of the government. Their apprehension is about the availability of the vaccine, whose supply is currently being said to be insufficient according to the demand.
The government has informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee about the road map of the target of giving vaccine to all. In a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday, the Union Home Secretary, the Union Health Secretary and other officials gave a presentation giving full details of it. According to him, the supply of vaccine across the country will increase tremendously from the month of August. According to officials, between August and December, there will be a supply of about 135 crore vaccine doses, which is enough to vaccinate every adult.
The biggest thing is that these do not include vaccines from companies like Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, whose availability in India is not yet clear. Companies that are likely to have vaccines include 500 million doses of Covishield, 400 million doses of Covaxin, 300 million doses of Bio E’s Kovavax, 100 million doses of Sputnik V and 50 million doses of Zydus Cadila’s Jaykov D.
So far, at least one dose of corona vaccine has been given to more than 33 crore people of the country. Of these, there are about 5.60 crore people who have been given both the doses. Since the introduction of the new policy of the vaccine program on June 21, an average increase of about 100 percent has been registered in the vaccination campaign. In the meeting of the committee, when the members asked the officials present about the effect of these vaccines on different variants of the corona virus, they said that all the vaccines are more or less effective against these variants.
Officials informed that cases are definitely decreasing in the second wave but are not completely over yet. So there is a need to maintain caution. Expressing his inability to tell the probable timing of the third wave, he said that the government is making all possible preparations to deal with the third wave. Officials did say that there is an increase in the cases of Delta Plus, which is being described as ‘Virus of Concern’.
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