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COVID-19 vaccination for those above 50 years of age to start in March: Govt

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan revealed India will start administering vaccines to the citizens who are above 50 years of age in March, while addressing the press on Monday (February 15).

The Health Minister applauded the health sector’s effort in the war against the COVID-19. He said that despite a nationwide lockdown and unprecedented circumstances, India was able to work on two vaccines.

“We will be in a situation to administer vaccines to those above 50 years of age in March,” he said. “It is crucial that people continue to follow COVID appropriate behaviour which I had called social vaccine, along with real vaccines,” he added. He said that no new coronavirus infections were reported in 188 districts in the country during the last seven days.

Addressing the rumors against COVID-19 vaccine, he said, “Not one death reported due to Covid-19 vaccination. If there’s death after vaccination, it’s being investigated. Even routine side effects have a negligible number. Relevant stakeholders working on post-Covid symptoms.”

“80-85% frontline workers vaccinated and over 20-25 countries to be availed with vaccines. At least 18-20 vaccines are in preclinical, clinical & advanced stages and are expected in the coming months,” he added.

Harsh Vardhan further added, “I believe, if the dream of ‘Health for All’ is ever to be fulfilled in world, its model will be developed in India. Our holistic approach, ancient medical wisdom, other health facilities & systems collectively will make a model emulatable for the world.”

 

While applauding the efforts of the front-line warriors, he said, “Covid strengthened the country’s health potential. We turned a crisis into opportunity. From 1 lab to 2,500 labs, we improved. Genome sequencing, which is being talked about now, has been in Indian labs since May-June last year.”

The COVID-19 caseload of the nation crossed the 10.9 million mark on Sunday (February 14) with 12,194 new Covid-19 cases and 92 deaths, according to the Union health ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard. As per the health ministry, the country has been recording a steady decline in the number of daily deaths since early October.

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Covid-19 Updates (India)

27 Feb 2021, 1:00 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

11,079,094 Total Cases
156,970 Death Cases
10,761,139 Recovered Cases

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