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Ambitious But Realistic Covid Vaccination Plan, Says DST’s Dr. Ashutosh Sharma | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Center’s Covid-19 vaccination plan to inoculate all citizens of the country before December 31 is not only
ambitious but also realistic, said Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology.
“In terms of technology, we are fully prepared for the third wave and would improve even more as we move forward this year. Our vaccination plan to inoculate all citizens of the country by December is not only ambitious but also realistic,” said Dr. Sharma. ANI on Sunday.
“During the first wave, we built a huge infrastructure that was related to basic things like ventilator, all kinds of diagnostics, PPE
kits, N-95 masks, now we even have a vaccine that is of Indian origin.
In addition to establishing the infrastructure for the vaccine, the cold chain, the supply lines, the logistics, everything has been quickly assembled in the first wave, “said Dr. Sharma.
He added that “the second wave was quite sudden and we found that certain things were missing and there was not as much available as was needed at the peak of the second wave.”
Speaking about oxygen supply related innovation, he said that many oxygen supply related innovations have been made such as reuse of many oxygen plants where industrial oxygen producing plants have been reused for medical oxygen.
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Speaking about the innovation related to RT-PCR tests, the doctor said that the new RT-PCR from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology targets two genes, one of which does not undergo many mutations.
“Therefore, we will not produce false RT-PCR readings as much as could happen.” “An antibody kit has been developed at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It tests for IgM and IgG antibodies. The kit measures the amount of antibodies. It also determines if they are fading.” Dr. Sharma added.



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