Harsh Vardhan: Looking at vaccine manufacture, delivery ecosystem

India has the second-highest coronavirus cases after the United States.

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The world is racing against time to find a safe and effective vaccine that could prevent and treat coronavirus disease. On this, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that India started searching for strong vaccine manufacturing delivering ecosystem to meet the demand of vaccination in the coming days.

India has the second-highest coronavirus cases after the United States. There are at least five vaccine candidates that are undergoing human clinical trials.  

Three vaccine candidates are in the advanced Phase II and III clinical trials which have already declared its vaccine to be safe and effective in treating the virus. 

While addressing an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Harsh Vardhan said, "We have now initiated to look at robust vaccine manufacturing and delivering ecosystem to meet our demands in the coming days."

He further added, "As the world raises to find a cure and vaccine for Covid-19, India is looking to be self-reliant in both - vaccine and its mass production. Called as the pharmacy of the world, India has the largest capacity to produce Covid-19 vaccines.”

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Lately, Mr Vardhan has informed the country that the central government has revised an electronic network to monitor the dosage of Covid vaccines, vaccinators and geographical location of the vaccine recipients.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a high-level meeting with the Chief Ministers of states and UTs meeting in which the plan and models of Covid-19 vaccine delivery, distribution and administration were discussed. PM Modi has assured that the centre is keeping a close watch on developments.