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From June 21, there was a significant increase in the rate of Covid vaccination, with 4.61 million doses administered in just eight days.

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Wednesday, 30th June 2021

From June 21, a remarkable increase in the rate of COVID-19 vaccination was noticed, with roughly 4.61 crore doses being delivered in eight days, surpassing the populations of Iraq (4.02 crore), Canada (3.77 crore), Saudi Arabia (3.48 crore), and Malaysia (3.23 crore), according to the ministry. In a news conference, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal claimed that on average, 57.68 lakh doses of the vaccine were delivered every day, which is higher than the population of Finland (55.41 lakh), Norway (54.21 lakh), and New Zealand (48.22 lakh).

The new COVID-19 vaccination rules went into effect on June 21, and according to them, the Centre would now acquire 75% of the vaccines manufactured by the country's producers. Domestic vaccine makers are given the option of providing vaccines directly to private hospitals in order to incentivize vaccine manufacturing and stimulate innovative vaccines. The new criteria indicated that this would be limited to 25% of their monthly production. According to Agarwal, the first dosage of COVID-19 vaccination has been administered to 49% of the population aged 60 and up. According to the government, the total number of vaccination doses administered in the country has reached 33.11 crore.

According to the report, 15 percent of the estimated 59.7 crore persons aged 18 to 44 had received the first dosage of the vaccine. According to Agarwal, 57.68 lakh average daily doses were provided between June 21 and 28. “There has been a significant increase in vaccine administration in the current phase (June 21-28), with 4.61 crore doses provided in eight days, which is more than the populations of Iraq (4.02 crore), Canada (3.77 crore), Saudi Arabia (3.48 crore), and Malaysia (3.23 crore)," he said.

He claimed that from May 1 to June 24, 56 percent of COVID-19 vaccination doses were delivered in rural areas, while 44 percent were given in urban areas. According to Aggarwal, 46 percent of women and 54 percent of males have received immunizations out of the total number of vaccinations given so far. Vaccines were also provided to 54,693 other genders during this time, according to Agarwal. According to Agarwal, there are 20.9 crore persons aged 45 to 59 years old, with 42% having received the first dose of the Covid vaccination.

Since the highest reported peak on May 7, the daily COVID-19 instances have dropped by about 92 percent. Since the maximum reported weekly optimism of 21.3 percent between May 4 and May 10, there has been a significant fall of nearly 85 percent in weekly positive. India's COVID-19 immunisation programme began on January 16 and has so far administered around 33.11 crore doses, while the UK's campaign began on December 8 and has so far provided over 7.67 crore doses.

According to him, the United States, which began its vaccination campaign on December 14, has administered around 32.44 crore doses, while Italy, Germany, and France, which began their campaigns on December 27, have administered roughly 4.98 crore, 7.21 crore, and 5.24 crore doses, respectively. India took 163 days to reach 32 million people, whereas the United States took 193 days. Dr V K Paul, a member of the NITI Aayog's Health Committee, said the pandemic situation is improving, but caution should be exercised. “There are 111 districts in our peninsula region — Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal — where more than 100 daily cases are reported. Concern for a continuous pandemic of this magnitude must remain on our thoughts... It is not appropriate to lower one's guard "he stated “We would like to see a higher number of women visit vaccination booths to receive vaccines so that the gender gap may be addressed,” says the group "Added he.

Also read: Travelers entering Maharashtra must have a negative RT-PCR test or a vaccination certificate.

He stated that all four COVID-19 vaccines now licenced in India are safe for lactating mothers. “They must take it, and no special precautions are required; they should also be immunised. He stated, "This is scientifically valid and applicable to all vaccinations that have been licenced."

In response to a question on why the death toll remains high, he stated that death rates were higher in the second wave than in the first. “I have no doubt that the death rate is decreasing and that it is just a matter of time before it begins to decline. It is primarily owing to the lag that these exist, but some of the more catastrophic cases that have resulted from more intense stages are also contributing to this predicament.

He stated that scientific data on transmissibility, severity, or vaccine efficacy against the Delta plus strain of COVID-19 is not currently available. He continued, "It is being observed and scientific action is being taken."

Concerning the immunization of pregnant women, Agarwal stated that the NTAGI recommendation has arrived at the Health Ministry, where it is being reviewed. It will also be reviewed with other stakeholders, and necessary instructions will be issued based on it.

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