We are in the "end game" of the Covid-19 pandemic in India and to succeed at this stage, politics should be kept out of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, Union health minister Harsh said on Sunday.
We are in the "end game of the Covid-19 pandemic in India" and to succeed at this stage, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said, politics should be kept out of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
He said people should trust the science behind vaccines and ensure that their near and dear ones get vaccinated on time.
Speaking at the Delhi Medical Association's (DMAs) 62nd Annual Delhi State Medical Conference (MEDICON 2021) in collaboration with Dharamshila Narayana Hospital on Sunday, Vardhan said over 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered so far and the vaccination rate has been increased to 15 lakhs per day.
"Unlike most other countries, we have a steady supply of Covid-19 vaccines that are safe with proven immunogenicity and efficacy. Based on the initial results, these Made in India vaccines have shown some of the lowest adverse events following immunization (AEFI) anywhere in the world," he said.
Vardhan asserted that today children in the entire world need to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis only because Pakistan and Afghanistan failed to eradicate this disease from their respective countries, the statement said.
"Similarly, India cannot be safe from Covid-19 if the rest of the world continues to be unsafe, which is why it is essential to curb Covid-19 vaccine nationalism.
"If poor and underdeveloped countries continue to harbor the novel coronavirus, we shall not be able to ensure safety for all. A fair and equitable distribution of the vaccine is the biggest need of the hour," he said.
The government has already involved private players in Covid-19 vaccination, and if hospitals want, they can conduct vaccination 24x7, the minister said.
"My request to everyone is that just like people embraced Jan Andolan for Covid-19 appropriate behavior'', they should embrace Jan Andolan for Covid-19 vaccination and get all Covid-19 vaccine shots whenever they are eligible," he said.
Delhi Medical Association (DMA) honored Vardhan for his contribution to the medical fraternity and outstanding service and exemplary work during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
Healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers, not just in this room, but across India, rose to the occasion and sacrificed not only their time with family but also their own mental, physical and emotional health for this beloved nation, Vardhan said.
COVID-19 Crisis India: The court said the viral disease has a low mortality and those who have a low immunity will eventually die but the problem comes when people who could be saved are also dying. "The mortality rate needs to be reduced."
The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre about the preparedness to deal with the expected COVID-19 second wave peak in mid-May, terming the massive rise in cases as a "Tsunami", and warned it will "hang" any person who tries to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals.
Talking tough, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, said this during a special hearing on a holiday on the issue of mounting oxygen crisis in various hospitals in Delhi.
The court said the viral disease has low mortality and those who have a low immunity will eventually die but the problem comes when people who could be saved are also dying. "The mortality rate needs to be reduced."
Referring to a study by a team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, the court noted its assessment that the peak of this Covid wave will come in mid-May.
"We are calling it a wave, it is actually a Tsunami," the court said, and asked the Centre about the preparedness in terms of infrastructure, hospitals, medical staff, medicines, vaccines and oxygen as on date for the peak.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said there might be a rapid rise in the number of cases in May and June and the country needs to be ready for the worst.
He said the Prime Minister and others are working on it and have decided to import oxygen and are also exploring the remotest possibility of generating oxygen from wherever it is possible.
The court was hearing submissions by the counsel for Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Batra Hospital and Saroj Super Speciality Hospital here over shortage of oxygen for treating seriously-ill Covid patients.
"We will hang that man. We will not spare anyone," the court said while telling the Delhi government to give one instance of any official at the central, state or local administration obstructing the pickup of oxygen supplies.
The court told the Delhi government to inform the Centre also about such officials of the local administration so that it could take action against them.
It also asked the Centre when the 480 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen per day allocated for Delhi would see the light of the day.
"You (Centre) had assured us (on April 21) that 480 MT per day will reach Delhi. Tell us when will it come? The 480 MT per day is still to see the light of the day."
The query came after the Delhi government said it was getting only 380 MT oxygen per day over the past few days and it received only around 300 MT on Friday.\