How to enhance the COVID-19 vaccination process

India has to vaccinate with a double shot – that’s roughly 202 crore jabs (UNICEF Image) By Dr Suresh Singh Let me give an analytical view as well as remedial measures in a shortened format to enhance the COVID-19 vaccination process as far as practicable as below: Material planning and management: I wish our experts … Read more

View: States are not facing a shortage of Covid vaccines, but there is a demand-supply mismatch

Wastage in India is witnessed primarily at the level of distribution. These are all operational management issues, and not intractable. Synopsis Some states have raised the issue of vaccine shortages. Vaccine manufacturers are facing problems in procuring adjuvants from the US to further expand production capacity. The imposition of the Defence Production Act by the … Read more

Govt fast-tracks approval for vaccines cleared in other countries

The availability of the vaccine becomes faster and it also opens up doors for import of bulk or import of finished vaccines in vials or import leading to fill and finish in India so it has a far reaching impact in the country A change in the country’s regulatory process for fast-tracking emergency approval of … Read more

Voices of those below 45 years asking for access to vaccine grows louder amid Covid surge

The daily surge in Covid cases in the second wave, which has crossed the 1 lakh mark, is now creating a sense of urgency among this group to get their hands on a shot sooner than later Synopsis For those under 45 years who cannot get the jab, there is a growing sense of helplessness … Read more

Second wave: Gujarat Covid-19 situation, vaccination drive explained

On April 7, Gujarat administered 1.19 lakh doses, which is a significant decrease from inoculating 3 lakh people. Over the last few days, the number of Coronavirus cases being reported in Gujarat has been unusually high with the state reporting 3,575 cases on April 7. This has been the highest Gujarat has reported for 24 … Read more

Coronavirus second wave: As Covid-19 cases surge, states witness vaccines, beds shortage

Many states/UTs are now looking forward to putting their demands forward in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today’s meeting where the PM will discuss management of the surge in COVID-19 cases. At a time when single-day cases of the novel Coronavirus have surpassed more than 1 lakh, states/UTs across India are witnessing a … Read more

Open vaccination to all ages along with vaccine choice, approve Johnson and Johnson vaccine to save billions of INR

There are many other vaccines on the pipeline. By Dr Suresh Singh In my last but one article in this column(14 March), I have advocated vaccination of all age groups by opening all health centres 24x7hrs, where facilities are available, in view of the massive scale of vaccination the country has to undergo. I also … Read more

COVID-19: As situation worsens, Centre asks to vaccinate people above 45 years in two weeks

India is rolling out its third phase of vaccination drive where all those above the age of 45 will be inoculated. As the second wave of Coronavirus cases hit many states in the country, the central government believes that the situation is going from “bad to worse” and has therefore urged all states to vaccinate … Read more

Now CoWIN does not schedule second Covid-19 vaccination dose appointment – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: RS Sharma, Chairman, Empowered Group on Covid vaccination informed that now CoWIN does not schedule second dose vaccination appointment automatically. This comes after the Centre wrote to States and UTs to increase the interval between two doses of Covishield to 4-8 weeks in view of the emerging scientific evidence of increased protection if … Read more

Plea on Covid vaccination: SC stays suo motu proceedings of Delhi High Court

A Bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde said since the issues pending before the SC are the same as the one pending before the Delhi High Court, it wants to transfer the case to the apex court itself. The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the suo motu proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court … Read more