As India fights against the deadly novel coronavirus, with daily cases ebbing and fatality rate plummeting, the World Health Organisation has lauded the country’s efforts towards combating the virus.
Praising the country’s significant drive out, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “This shows us that if we can do these simple public health solutions, we can beat the virus.”
“…With vaccines being added, we would even expect more and better outcomes,” he added.
Minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey, while giving a written reply in the Lok Sabha, had informed that the country has been reporting a significant decline in the cases and had witnessed a peak in mid-September 2020.
He added, “Since the reported peak in mid-September 2020, India is witnessing a sustained decline in the number of cases reported daily. However, resurgence of Covid-19 cases has been reported from a number of countries in Europe and Americas, therefore continuous monitoring of the evolving situation is being undertaken at all level, to pick up on the earliest signs of resurgence and issue necessary existing SOPs/Advisories accordingly.”
The minister also added that vaccine hesitancy and glitches in CoWin application are among the major reasons for slower Covid-19 vaccination drive in India.
India had earlier started the world’s biggest inoculation drive, inoculation nearly 50 lakh beneficiaries across the country. A total of 1,08,02,591 coronavirus cases have been reported, while the death toll increased to 1,54,823 with 120 daily new fatalities.
Inoculation drive for the elderly is slated to start later this year with health minister Harsh Vardhan confirming that citizens who are 50 and above will be vaccinated next month.
Vardhan said, “We are likely to start the third phase of vaccination for 50 years and above next month,” the minister said in reply to a question during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Friday. “It is not possible to give an exact date for this right now, but it could be the second, third or fourth week of March.”
A total 7,580 adverse effect among those following immunisation have been reported until January 31.