In a bid to facilitate efficient logistics, the central government has started setting up a cold storage chain for Covid-19 vaccine that is likely to be approved soon in the country.
According to reports, the Union health ministry has asked states to strategise on about seven major parameters, including putting in place alternate vaccine delivery systems for seamless supply.
In an attempt to ensure that potent and safe vaccines are delivered, a network of 28,947 cold chain points has been created across the country where vaccines will be stored at recommended temperatures by the ministry of health and family welfare under the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).
Cold chain is a system of storing and transporting vaccines at the recommended temperature range from the point of manufacture to that of use. India has built a vast cold chain infrastructure to ensure that only effective and undisturbed vaccines reach millions of beneficiaries across the country.
Around 30 million vaccines will be required for the first round of vaccination, which would involve frontline workers, health officials and elderly people.
In his recent address on vaccine strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Indian landscape of vaccines has eight contenders at different stages of trials and hinted towards a quick rollout.
Even as India heads closer to the D-day which the government claims is only a few weeks away, the UK has begun the vaccine rollout with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan becoming the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial.