India will start its COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan 16 with priority given to about 30 million health care and frontline workers, a good government statement said on Saturday (Jan 9).
Primary Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination program on Saturday, it said. India expectations to inoculate 300 million of its 1.35 billion people free of charge in the first 6 to 8 months of this year.
With the best number of infections on earth after the USA, India is developing two indigenous COVID-19 vaccines. On Saturday it reported 18,222 innovative coronavirus conditions, taking the total to 10.43 million.
India's medicine regulator has permitted two coronavirus vaccines for crisis use, Covishield, produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and Covaxin by hometown enterprise Bharat Biotech and a state-run institute.
After healthcare and frontline personnel, the vaccines will be given to "those above 50 years and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, numbering around 2.7 million," the assertion said.
The statement didn't say whether the authorities had signed purchase handles Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India, the neighborhood manufacturer of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Modi also reviewed India's Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System - an electronic platform that will provide real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and tracking of beneficiaries, the affirmation said.
India may be the world's biggest vaccine maker. Its pharmaceutical industry offers been freeing up capacity and pushing ahead with investments to greatly help support a worldwide vaccination campaign.
Earlier in the day Modi said India would continue to export drugs, including vaccines, as companies have ramped up development.
"The world isn't only waiting for India's vaccines but can be keenly seeing how India handles the world's biggest vaccination program," Modi said in an gross annual address to Indians overseas.