Digital Desk, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again gave special instructions in the review meeting about the condition of corona epidemic in the country and vaccine preparedness. He said that after the preparation of the vaccine, effective arrangements will have to be made to reach the public fast. Experiences of election and disaster management can be used for this. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Member (Health) of NITI Aayog, Principal Scientific Advisor etc.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the steady decline in the affairs of Kovid. It was informed in the review meeting that three vaccines are being developed in India. Two vaccines are in the second phase and one is in the third stage. The Indian scientific and research team is supporting research capabilities in neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan have sent requests for vaccine testing in their countries. The Prime Minister said that our efforts should not be limited to the neighborhood, but should provide a platform to deliver vaccines and medicines all over the world.
Every step in logistics, distribution and management must be strictly implemented
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration and all concerned stakeholders have prepared a detailed roadmap for the storage, distribution and application of vaccines for COVID-19 in consultation with the state governments. The expert group, in consultation with the states, is actively working on vaccine priority and vaccine delivery. The Prime Minister directed that the vaccine’s reach should be rapidly ensured keeping in view the geographical spread and diversity of the country. The Prime Minister stressed that every step in logistics, distribution and management should be strictly implemented. This should include planning in advance of cold storage chains, distribution networks, monitoring mechanisms, prior assessment and preparation of necessary equipment, such as wells, syringes, etc.
Emphasis on creating a system of vaccine delivery in a uniform manner
Prime Minister Modi said that the system of distribution and application of vaccines should be implemented in a uniform manner. There should be participation of states, district level officials, civil society organizations, volunteers and experts. There should be a strong IT system in the entire process and arrangements should be made that have lasting value for our health system. Two all-India studies conducted on the genome of SARSOV-2 (Kovid-19 virus) by the ICMR and Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) in India show that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.
Calls for following Kovid-19 guidelines on festivals
He specifically requested to follow the Kovid-19 guidelines in the upcoming season of festivals. He said that people should wear masks, wash their hands regularly and take care of cleanliness without taking any laxity against this epidemic.
We have to deliver the vaccine all over the world
During this time, the PM said that we do not have to confine the vaccine only to the neighboring countries, but to deliver it to the whole world. IT platforms have to be expanded to deliver medicines and vaccines. Presiding over a meeting to review the Kovid-19 pandemic situation and preparation for vaccine delivery and management, the Prime Minister noted the steady decline in daily affairs and growth rate. He also warned against any laxity against the disease and called for continuing efforts to control the epidemic.
From health minister to senior officials were present in the meeting
The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Member (Health) of NITI Aayog, Principal Scientific Advisor, Senior Scientist, officials from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and officials from various other departments. The PMO said in a statement Three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, of which two vaccines are in the second phase and one vaccine is in the third stage.