In India, as part of the vaccination programme, the health officials are administering Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by two companies. (Photo: The Indian Express)
India’s vaccination drive against coronavirus: On Day 1 of the ‘largest inoculation campaign’ in the world, the multiple health centres across India saw enthusiastic beneficiaries getting the shots of coronavirus vaccine on Friday. In the latest briefing by the Union Health Ministry, the senior officials said that 1,91,181 registered beneficiaries received the jabs. The official also said that there was no post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far. This essentially means that those who got the shots didn’t experience any kind of side-effects.
In India, as part of the vaccination programme, the health officials are administering Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by two companies. The two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – are manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech respectively. While Covishield is researched and developed by the University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca, the second vaccine – Covaxin- has been developed indigenously by Hyderabad- based Bharat Biotech.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that meticulous planning among the vaccinators has helped in the smooth rollout of the corona vaccines. The Minister also hailed the scientists, doctors and researchers for developing the Covid vaccine in record time. Terming the vaccines as ‘Sanjeevani’, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that this would be a beginning of the end of the viral pandemic. On various rumours and fake news on social media, the Union Health Minister said that people should be vigilant and not fall for any kind of false information. He said that the emergency use of the vaccines has been granted after verifying their immunogenicity.