New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a piece of good news for the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that the government, in next few days, will be able to provide the vaccine against coronavirus to the entire population of the country after prioritising those who are at risk in public and private sectors.

India, he said, has done extremely well in developing vaccines against the deadly coronavirus in the shortest possible time, and presently two vaccines have been given emergency use authorisation. Harsh Vardhan's comments came after he reviewed the dry run of administering COVID-19 vaccine at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here as part of a state-wide programme.

"In the next few days, also in the near future, we should be able to give this vaccine to our countrymen prioritising those who are at risk in the public and private sectors. The government has already made known the scheme of things," the health minister said.

He also said that the first to be inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine will be healthcare professionals and frontline workers, identified by the government. The Centre has started a new COVID platform to track particulars of potential vaccine beneficiaries and also issue electronic certificates to them.

"We started the preparation for the impending vaccine drive against COVID four or five months ago after prime minister Narendra Modiji constituted the national expert group for vaccination. We worked all the minute details and shared the information with those at grassroots level," he said, adding that "in the process, several lakhs of health workers were trained adequately".

"Now we started the new COVID platform in tracking the details of potential beneficiaries, places where they are likely to get the shots, pre and post-vaccination including giving an electronic certificate and follow it up with the second dose with detailed text messages and reminders," the Minister said.

India's drugs regulator has approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and the indigenously-developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country last week. It paves the way for the rollout of at least two vaccines in the country in the coming days.

A total of 1,000 vaccination centres will be set up in Delhi, of which about 600 will be set up in the first phase. At every vaccination centre, there will be multiple booths, each to take a maximum of 100 people, the officials said.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan