Next 100-125 days Critical for Averting COVID-19 in India, Says Centre

Story Highlights
  • India yet to achieve herd immunity, India susceptible to another outbreak: Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog
  • Two Vaccine doses prevented 95 deaths illustrated by an analysis studied by ICMR
  • Centre aims to immunize 50 crore beneficiaries before July

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry in its weekly press conference on Friday stated that the next 100 to 125 days are critical in the fight against COVID-19 in India. Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog said “fall in cases has slowed down. It’s a warning signal.

Next 100 to 125 days are critical for the fight against COVID in India”.  As per the statistics of the pandemic it is reported that the country has not yet developed herd immunity which renders it susceptible to another outbreak.

Dr. VK Paul also shared a study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that shows analyses of vaccine effectiveness among police personnel, a high risk category. The study reveals that two doses of vaccine were successful in preventing 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths during the Second Wave.

Further during the press conference, the Health Ministry claimed to set a target to administer 50 crore doses before July this year. In order to achieve this target, the Government of India has ordered 66 crore doses of Covishield and COVAXIN. Additionally, 22 crore doses have been dedicated to the private sector, sources reported. 

The Health ministry also raised concerns on the declining usage of masks across the nation ever since the COVID restrictions were relaxed. A dip of 74 percent in mask usage post lockdown has been reported.

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