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    Covid vaccination: 11 States say yes to Covaxin

    Synopsis

    Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana are the states which have given nod to Covaxin.

    The decision to allow Covaxin to be administered had come under sharp political focus over the last two weeks with opposition-ruled states like Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Jharkhand speaking out against the move.
    New Delhi: Eleven states, of which five are opposition-ruled, have agreed to deploy Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, covering 10 million healthcare workers beginning January 16. For now, sources said, every state will dedicate six centres to Covaxin.

    Those familiar with the details told ET that this would roughly work out to 3-5% of the vaccination centres depending on the size of the state. These numbers could increase as the public immunisation programme broadens its scope and reach.

    Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana are the states which have given the nod to Covaxin. Ten of these states have already received 20,000 doses of Covaxin, while Assam has so far got 12,000 doses.

    Eleven States Say Yes To Covaxin

    Health Ministry Protocols
    Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan confirmed to ET that they had already identified six centres from its list of 160 vaccination sites for administering Covaxin. A Delhi government spokesperson also confirmed that of its 81 vaccination centres, six will be dedicated for the Bharat Biotech vaccine.

    According to official sources, this is just the first tranche and more doses would be based on the response. The decision to allow Covaxin to be administered had come under sharp political focus over the last two weeks with opposition-ruled states like Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Jharkhand speaking out against the move. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee too had raised the issue of safety of Covid-19 vaccines in the Prime Minister’s meeting with chief ministers on Monday. However, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Niti Aayog member VK Paul have maintained that both the vaccines are safe.
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    4 Comments on this Story

    S. SUNDARARAMAN SRINIVASAN48 days ago
    A small State Chattisgarh -- has wisdom & courage to ask for trial 3 results - analyses - efficacy etc. of the vaccine - instead of falling in line with other states - like flock of sheep...? Gok
    abhishek ranjan48 days ago
    looks like opposition is finally being vocal for local, haha
    Vedantham Sheshashar48 days ago
    Why should the States say yes to vaccine and on what basis these 11 States have accepted the vaccine? Have the governments, ICMR and health ministries certified that the vaccine is not only just safe but effective also? For emergency use, can Union Health Minister permit any vaccine without verifying the safety and effectivity? Top priority should be safety and effectivity of vaccine and the vaccines have not yet completed the three phases of trial.
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