Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr. VK Paul informed that India has administered nearly 81 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses, on the first day when the Revised Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccination came into force. He also said that quick vaccination was a key to open the economy and go back to normal.
Sign of India’s ability to Vaccinate at Scale
He said that the day one figure demonstrates India's ability to carry out COVID-19 vaccination on large scale for days and weeks together. "All this was possible because of planning and coordination between Central and state government and taking up the task work in mission mode," he added.
“Whether or not the third Wave occurs is in our hands”
Dr. VK Paul reminded that a third wave can be stopped if COVID Appropriate Behaviour is followed and the majority of people get vaccinated. “Why will there be a third wave if we follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour and get ourselves vaccinated? There are many countries where even second wave has not arrived; if we follow COVID appropriate behavior, this period will pass."
Quick Vaccination is Key to go back to Normal
The NITI Aayog Member highlighted the importance of fast vaccination in order to enable India to open its economy and resume normal work. “We need to do our daily work, maintain our social life, open schools, businesses, take care of our economy; we will be able to do all this only when we are able to vaccinate at a fast pace”.
India has the capacity to administer 1.25 crore doses a day
Chairperson, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India (NTAGI), Dr. NK Arora, said that the dosage achieved today is a big achievement. “What we did today is a big achievement. Our aim is to vaccinate at least one crore people every day. Our capacity is such that we will easily be able to administer 1.25 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine every day,” he added.
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