Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said he was confident that Covid-19 vaccine would be ready in the next three-four months and added that the priority to provide the same to 135 crore Indians would be based on scientific evaluation.
Addressing the FICCI FLO webinar on ‘The Shifting Healthcare Paradigm During and Post-Covid’ today, the minister said, “I am confident that COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months. Priority for the vaccine will be designed on the basis of scientific data. Health care workers and corona warriors will naturally be prioritised followed by elderly and disease-prone people. Very detailed planning is underway for vaccine dissemination. An e-vaccine intelligence platform has been created to discuss the blueprint for the same. Tracking and tracing of the vaccine would be neck-deep once it’s available for the public. Hopefully, 2021 should be a better year for all of us.”
Praising the efforts of the Central government, the Minister said some ‘very bold steps’ were taken to fight the pandemic in the last few months.
“Janta curfew was a very innovative and unique experiment by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It had nationwide participation from the citizens. The decision to impose a lockdown followed by unlocking were some bold decisions by the central government during the pandemic. We have handled it very well,” Harsh Vardhan added.