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Govt Ensures the Capacity to Store and Supply Covid Vaccines Even in Remote Areas

News Link: Govt Ensures the Capacity to store and supply Covid Vaccines even in Remote areas

With vaccine candidates progressing swiftly and entering advanced stages of clinical trials, the government is gearing up to ensure there is adequate capacity to store and supply them even in remote corners of the country once they are approved for use.
The health ministry said under the universal immunisation programme (UIP), it utilizes over 28,000 cold chain points, 700 plus refrigerator vans and more than 78,000 vaccinators to assist in vaccine administration.

“We have already utilised them under the universal immunisation programme and they would be used in the administration of Covid vaccine as well,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

Besides, the existing capacities available with the government under UIP, the national expert group on vaccine administration for Covid-19 is also engaging with corporate healthcare providers to take assistance of their workforce which could help in vaccine administration.

The Centre has also asked states to prepare databases of different priority population groups.

The ministry has already written to all the states and UTs to constitute three-tier committees to check the distribution of the Covid vaccine once it rolls out.
The Centre has also asked the states and UTs to take stock of the cold chain and deep refrigerators as well.

“This will reveal granular details and would enable us to plan and execute the administration program more efficiently,” Bhushan said.

Compiled by – MK (Editor)

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News Link: Govt Ensures the Capacity to store and supply Covid Vaccines even in Remote areas

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