Coronavirus situation in Punjab: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that COVID-19 vaccination in the age group of 18-45 years across the State would start from May 1. He also said that it would be ensured that every needy person receives the vaccine free of cost.
In the wake of the limited supplies of the vaccine expected initially, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh constituted an Expert group, comprising eminent virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Dr. Jacob John Professor of Community Health at CMC in Vellore, and Dr. Rajesh Kumar former Head School of Public Health PGIMER in Chandigarh to suggest prioritisation in the 18-45 age group.
During a high-level meeting to review the prevailing coronavirus situation in Punjab, the Chief Minister tasked the expert group to chalk out a COVID-19 vaccination strategy and submit a detailed plan to the state government within a week to meet the challenge in the midst of the unprecedented Covid pandemic in the state.
Eminent virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang, who attended the meeting as a special invitee, emphasized the need to have a proper strategy to combat the current second wave of Covid.
The Chief Minister was informed that the state has received 4 lakh more doses of Covishield vaccine from the Centre today.
As these were likely to last the state for only 3 or 4 more days as per the pace of the ongoing vaccination drive, he asked the Health Department to vigorously pursue with the Union Government for ensuring the requisite supply of more Covishield vaccine besides getting requisite stock of Covaxin doses as well.
Referring to the reports of black marketing of anti-viral drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab in the country, the Chief Minister said the experts have given clear protocols on the use of such medicines, which must be duly publicised and followed in right earnest.
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