January 16th local time, India launched the “world’s largest vaccination campaign”, and nurses, doctors and other front-line workers will give priority to vaccination.
According to Reuters on the 16th, on the first day of vaccination in India, about 100 voluntary vaccinated people will be completed in each of the country’s 3006 centers.
Gita Devi, a nurse at the Indian Academy of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, the capital of India, was the first person to be vaccinated after the vaccination process was launched in the country.
However, vaccinators cannot choose whether to get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine or the government-supported domestic vaccine Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech, which has not yet published the results of phase III clinical trials to determine its efficacy and safety.
But both vaccines are produced locally in India.
It is understood that the Indian government hopes to vaccinate 300 million high-risk people in the country in the next six to eight months.
Specifically, 30 million health workers and other frontline workers will be vaccinated first, followed by about 270 million people over 50 years old or other high risk for COVID-19.
It is not clear whether Indian Prime Minister Modi, 70, will personally vaccinate as other leaders to prove the safety of the vaccine.
The Indian government has said that politicians will not be regarded as a priority group in the first stage of vaccination.
On the same day, Modi also officially launched a government online platform “Co-WIN”, which will provide vaccine inventory information, store temperature and track the status of vaccination subjects.
At present, India’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 10.5 million, second only to the United States; the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus is about 152,000, ranking third in the world, after the United States and Brazil.