And for a Friday, as India makes History – largest vaccination programme in any country starts tomorrow – some thoughts….. some musings…..
On clockwork and absolute precision planning, Serum Institute, Pune and Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad, have been airlifting Vaccines under special arrangements with Airlines and Airport authorities to Central cold storage Warehouses – Bharat Biotech to 11 cities and Serum Institute to 13 cities in the first phase – fully maintaining the Cold chain and in absolute international vaccine transportation medical norms. Tomorrow will be the inauguration by the PM, when Nationwide Health Workers will be vaccinated. From 3000 vaccination sites across India, on the first day itself @ 100 per centre, 300,000 Health Professionals will be covered. A total of 10 mn health workers, 20 mn frontline workers including Municipal workers, Police etc., all will get free vaccination paid for by the Central and or the State Governments. Later the next lot of 270 mn priority in the 60 plus age group and 50 minus with comorbidities will be undertaken. A huge exercise, but India has the National Election experience for logistics management. Physical and Digital experience at work will showcase India’s Disaster management strengths to the World.
Whilst Covishield from Serum and Covaxin from Biotech have been given Emergency use clearance, another set of products equally good and efficacious, are on way passing thru various trials. Zydus Cadilla’s plasmid DNA vaccine ZyCoVD is in final stages of trials on more than 30,000 patients across the country. Russian vaccine Sputnik with Dr. Reddy’s labs is also undergoing tests. All of these vaccines have the capabilities to be treated to the emerging mutations of the SARS COVID virus. As per WHO, four varieties of COVID SARS CoV-2 exists. First strain D614G reported in Jan-Feb 2020, second cluster 5 reported in Denmark, third reported in December in UK (SARS-CoV-2VOC first appeared in South East England) and the fourth variant 501YV2 reported from South Africa. Our scientists and virologists are all capable of meeting the challenges as they emerge.
Let us all be thankful to our front line workers, medical fraternities, scientific community, researchers and every single Indian who has stood up to this one humongous challenge. We are still testing almost one million people every day. The dangers are not over. So let’s all continue to be vigilant and safe, with masks, physical distance, hand washing and avoiding crowds. Let’s face the vaccination stage, the orderly way, the scientific way, the SEEGOS way.