India may soon approve the first set of Covid-19 vaccine : Govt

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New Delhi : Health minister Harsh Vardhan said India is on the verge of approving its first set of Covid19 vaccine while emphasising the need for an expeditious vaccination drive to cover the priority population estimated at around 30 crore.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan was speaking at the 22nd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 on Saturday. Harsh Vardhan appealed to the people to ensure they continue to follow Covid19 guidelines including wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, and hand hygiene. He also appealed to the people to get themselves tested in case symptoms persist.

The total COVID19 caseload in India crossed the one crore mark on Saturday, though Covid19 case spike has dropped to 2% and case fatality rate is among the lowest in the world at 1.45%.

According to Harsh Vardhan, India’s recovery rate has peaked to 95.46% while the strategy of testing one million samples has decreased the cumulative positivity rate to 6.25%.

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