Coronavirus India: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Medanta, during a conversation with AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria, said that "people should isolate themselves as soon as they develop symptoms."
He said that vaccines will be available in large amounts probably in about 2 months' time as companies that are making vaccines will start opening up their manufacturing plants, there'll be more vaccine doses available. "We'll get vaccines from outside too," he added.
"Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik will be manufactured in India by more and more manufacturing plants, Dr. Randeep Guleria said, adding that Sputnik has tied up with a number of companies in India to manufacture.
"New plants being set up by Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India. By July-Aug we'll have a large number of doses available," Guleria said.
"I still believe that looking at comorbidities and chance of dying due to COVID-19 is much higher in those with comorbidities and elderly, we should focus on trying to vaccinate them at the earliest and also look at a larger population who can be vaccinated in a graded manner," Dr. Guleria said.
However, he said that "We'll not be able to vaccinate everyone in a day or two or a month." "So, I think we should develop a strategy of giving appointments that could be 2, 3, or 4 months later for younger age group and gradually work on a strategy that more and more people can be vaccinated," he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Medanta, said that "People should isolate themselves as soon as they develop symptoms. Most people who have cough, cold, sore throat or fever mostly turn out to be positive and hence they should immediately isolate themselves so that others can be protected."
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