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Seven more states to administer Covaxin starting next week: Ministry of Health | India News


NEW DELHI: Seven more states will administer Indigenous Development Covaxin starting next week, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The Comptroller General of Drugs of India (DCGI) earlier this month approved the Oxford Covid-19 Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and indigenously developed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation push.
In a press conference, the additional secretary of the Union’s health ministry, Manohar Agnani, said that as of January 23, a total of 15,37,190 beneficiaries had been vaccinated against Covid-19 in 27,776 sessions.
The inoculation campaign was launched on January 16 with more than three million rupees of healthcare and frontline workers prioritized to take the hits initially.
In addition to the 12 states currently using Covaxin, seven new states – Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal – will administer the vaccine starting next week, Agnani said.
“The orientation of all the program managers of these seven states was done today by the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and the ministry of health covering all aspects of the implementation protocols,” he said.
Providing updates on the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination campaign, he said that “1,46,598 beneficiaries were vaccinated as of 6pm today and 123 adverse events were reported post-immunization as of 6pm on the eighth day of the campaign. vaccination”.
To date, no case of serious or serious adverse event after vaccination or death attributable to vaccination has been reported, the official said.
“Six deaths in total have been reported so far (after vaccination). In the last 24 hours, a 56-year-old resident of Gurgaon has died. The autopsy confirms that cardiopulmonary disease was the reason for his death and it was not related to vaccination. None of these deaths have been causally related to Covid-19 vaccination, “he said.
Agnani said 11 post-vaccination hospitalizations have been reported to date.
“About 0.0007 percent of people have registered hospitalizations for vaccination. In the last 24 hours, a person has been hospitalized in a government hospital in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh that was vaccinated on January 20,” he said.
Agnani said the health ministry conducted a training of immunization program managers from 13 countries (Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Seychelles and Sri Lanka) with vaccines from India. , which covers all aspects of the launch of the vaccine, for two days.
Of the 1,46,598 vaccinations carried out on Saturday, the highest number of people were inoculated in Gujarat (22,063) followed by Maharashtra (21,751), Odisha (14,892), Bihar (12,165) and Andhra Pradesh (11,562), according to ministry data. .

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