New Delhi: The Indian government on Tuesday said that based on the feedback of the dry-run conducted recently, it is ready to introduce COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days from the date of emergency use authorisation, and the first shots are likely to be administered on January 13.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a press conference today that the active cases in the country are less than 2.5 lakh and are continuing to decline.
The positivity rate stood at 1.97%, Bhushan added.
There are 4 primary vaccine stores, called GMSD, located in Karnal, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and there are 37 vaccine stores in the country. They store vaccines in bulk and distribute further, Bhushan said.
“The facility including the number of vaccines stored and temperature trackers is monitored digitally. We have this facility for over a decade in the country,” he added.
Bhushan also said that healthcare workers and frontline workers would not need to register themselves as a beneficiary as their data is bulk database that has been populated on the Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system in a bulk manner.