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PM calls for increased Covid testing and serosurveys | India News

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for intensified testing and sero-surveys, including as he reviewed ongoing research to develop newer drugs, vaccines and tests for Covid-19, as well as the implementation ecosystem for faster delivery of the vaccine. once it’s ready.
Emphasizing continued vigilance and high pandemic preparedness, the prime minister told a review meeting that the facility for regular, rapid and inexpensive testing should be available to everyone as soon as possible. He also underscored the need for continuous and rigorous scientific testing and validation of traditional medicine treatments.
The prime minister took stock of the health ministry’s comprehensive distribution and delivery mechanism for vaccines, including proper procurement, and technologies for bulk storage, filling of vials for distribution, and ensuring effective delivery.
The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, NITI Aayog Member for Health, Dr. VK Paul, Chief Scientific Advisor, Senior Scientists and other senior officials.
The prime minister praised the efforts made by Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers to meet the challenge of Covid-19 and pledged to continue to facilitate and support the government for all those efforts.
He also stated that regulatory reform was a dynamic process, and that the regulator should proactively use experts in all current and emerging domains, as many new approaches have emerged.
He appreciated the efforts of the AYUSH ministry to conduct evidence-based research and provide reliable solutions at this difficult time.
The Prime Minister reiterated India’s determination to provide cost-effective, readily available and scalable solutions for testing, vaccines and medicines, not only for the country but for the whole world.
Meanwhile, India’s active Covid-19 cases continued to decline as recoveries outpaced the surge in recent infections. On Wednesday, there were 8.12 lakh of active Covid cases in the country after 67,708 new cases were reported in a 24-hour span. The overall case count is now 73.07 lakh, which includes 63.83 lakh healed and 1.11 lakh death.

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