COVID-19: Vaccination could begin in January 2021, says Harsh Vardhan


India may begin vaccinating people anytime in January and preparations are in last leg, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan said recently. He said safety and efficacy of the vaccine are among the top priorities of the government.


“I personally feel may be in January in any stage or any week, there can be a time when we can be in a position to give first Covid vaccine shot to people of India” Vardhan was quoted saying by ANI report.

He also said that vaccines including those who have applied for emergency use authorization are being analysed by the regulators.

“India is not less than any country when it comes to Covid-19 vaccine and research. Our first priority has been the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. We do not want any comprise on that. Our regulators are analysing them with seriousness,” he said.


Earlier, he had said that in the upcoming six to seven months India will have the capacity to inoculate about 30 crore people. According to the health ministry, there are nine Covid-19 vaccine candidates in different phases of clinical trials in India. India’s total case load has crossed 10 million. There is a good sign that daily intake of cases are on decline. Active cases are also on sustained decline mode.

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