At a time when a number of COVID-19 vaccines are almost at the last leg of clinical trial and could be ready by the first quarter of next year, the Centre has directed states to make robust plan for vaccine storage and distribution.
Reportedly, the Health Secretary at the Ministry of health and family welfare has written to Secretaries of all states and National Health Mission Directors, immunisation officers and state cold chain officers to devise plan for storage and maintenance of the cold chain.
They have been given deadline till October 15 to formulate a plan to store, transport and distribute the vaccines, a New18 report states. “There is likelihood of introduction of vaccine against Covid-19 in near future. Repairing of cold chain equipment, maintains down time for repairing the non functional equipment, rationalise the distribution of the cold chain, ready the sight for the same and impart training and keep the standard stock distribution registers need to be ready,” Dr Manohar Agnani, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family, was quoted as saying in a letter to states.
India has a total of 936,089 active cases of Covid-19, as of Sunday night. As per the official data from Health Ministry, the total caseload went past 66 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 55,86,703, pushing the recovery rate to 84.34 percent.