Furthermore, nearly all states and Union Territory (UT) governments, including the national capital, on Saturday conducted a dry run at 285 session sites spread across 125 districts to assess the ability and readiness of authorities to administer Covid-19 shots to hundreds of millions of people, including many in remote corners of the country.
On Saturday it conducted a COVID-19 vaccine dry run across India. Yesterday, the Health Minister said that in the first phase, only 3 crore people will be given free vaccine, which is at the forefront of priority.
Speaking about it the health minister said, "Feedbacks received after the dry run in four states were included in guidelines for vaccination and today's dry run in all states/UTs is being conducted as per new guidelines".
"We know that for the Moderna vaccine, giving half of the dose to people between the ages of 18 and 55... means exactly achieving the objective of immunizing double the number of people with the doses we have", he said.
At least 33 countries have detected cases of the new variant, and the U.S. reported cases of the new variant in San Diego and Colorado last week. "They have to share the results of the trial and let scientists come to their own conclusion and that way, the vaccine hesitancy would be much less", Krishnan told AFP.
The exercise was held at Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Belagavi, and Bengaluru districts of Karnataka. He also emphasized on the importance of ensuring crowd management when the vaccination drive finally begins.
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Prasad also reminded during the previous dry run at Lucknow, syringes could not reach the site in time.
He has also asked to appoint sector officers to ensure that the dry run sessions start on time.
The dry run would equip the state and UT administration in the management of vaccine supply, storage and logistics including cold chain management, the ministry had stated. "96,000 vaccinators have been trained so far", the Minister tweeted.
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