Second Dry Run of COVID-19 Vaccine in India
A lot of hubbubs linger around the world as India inches a step closer to officiating the first-ever COVID vaccine in the country and people all across the world are actually waiting for this. On Friday, 8th of January 2021, India would test the second dry run of the vaccines across the country and this would take place across 737 districts in the country. The first massive dry run was held on January 2.
Here are some of the most important points that you need to know in the aspect.
During the dry run, about 25 health workers get dummy vaccines at each site, which is meant to test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive.
The nationwide dry run of the vaccine would be held at three-session sites of 736 districts across 33 States/Union Territories. States like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Arunachal Pradesh will not participate in this dry run as they underwent it on 2nd January.
Maharashtra is likely to carry out the run in 30 districts and in 25 municipal areas of the state. The dry run will be conducted at three medical institutions in each of these 30 districts and in one medical institution in each corporation. The major districts and corporations that were a part of the dry run conducted on January 2 would not take part in the next exercise day.
India is in the last stages of preparation for the rollout of the COVID vaccine, which will be offered to 30 crore people, Mr. Harsh Vardhan, the health minister of India told the media. He said that from healthcare workers to municipal workers, these frontline warriors in COVID are part of priority groups and this number is about 3 crore in total. After these people, about 27 crore other people will also get vaccinated, and later, all the others.
So this dry run of the COVID vaccine would certainly hold great importance because this is India’s one step closer to manufacturing its own vaccine against the deadly virus. Perhaps India would emerge a winner in this.