COVID-19 vaccine may be available anytime in country: AIIMS Director
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COVID-19 vaccine may be available anytime in country: AIIMS Director

December 4, 2020

New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director  Dr. Randeep Guleria on Thursday said that there is a possibility of availability of COVID-19 vaccination anytime soon in the country.

 “In India, we now have vaccines which are in their final trial stage. Hopeful that by the end of this month or early next month we should get emergency use authorisation from Indian regulatory authorities to start giving vaccine to public,” he said.

Dr. Guleria informed that there is good data available that the vaccines are very safe. “Safety and efficacy of vaccine cannot be compromised at all. Around 70,000-80,000 volunteers are given vaccine and no significant serious adverse effects are seen. Data shows that in the short term vaccine is safe,” he said.

Responding to the vaccine impact during Chennai trial, the AIIMS Director said the Chennai trial case is an incidental finding rather than related to vaccine. “When we vaccinate a large number of people, some of them may have some other disease, which may not be related to vaccine,” he added.

On vaccine distribution, Dr Guleria said, “Work is going on at war-footing both at the Centre and the State-level for vaccine distribution plan in terms of maintaining cold chain, having appropriate storehouses available, developing strategy, training vaccinators and availability of syringes.”

He further said that in the beginning, Covid-19 vaccine will not be available in sufficient doses to give to everyone. “We need a priority list to see that we vaccinate those who’ve high chances of dying due to COVID-19. Elderly, people with comorbidities and frontline workers should be vaccinated first,” he opined.

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The vaccines currently under trial in India include Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, being produced and tested by Serum Institute of India. 

Other vaccines being tested in India are Russia’s Sputnik V, currently under trials at Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories. India’s home-grown Covaxin, being developed by Bharat Biotech in partnership with ICMR, has also proven as an effective and safe vaccine so far. 

6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “COVID-19 vaccine may be available anytime in country: AIIMS Director”

  1. Muralidhar M S says:

    Whatever vaccine you are planning to give for the masses, please ensure that the Politicians get it first.

  2. Hey Covid19! says:

    Hello Director
    Nice watch you have there, certainly not Indian-make,looks like an expensive Rolex model costing a few thousand Dollars,your glasses are designer glasses, which is forin make, costing a few hundred Dollars. Nicely groomed moustache. Nothing bust the best for you!
    You must have studied ina very good medical college, and have been a medial educator at a senior professor level for years at the AIIMS, the premium medical institution i n India.
    Yet, the award that SOM boasts, went to relatively unknown junior professor, who studied in JSS, a capitation-fee hungry medical college!
    Surely this Director is better known than this relative of the SOM owners.

  3. Hey Covid19! says:

    Hello Director
    Nice watch you have there, certainly not Indian-make,looks like an expensive Rolex model costing a few thousand Dollars,your glasses are designer glasses, which is foreign make, costing a few hundred Dollars. Nicely groomed moustache. Nothing bust the best for you!
    You must have studied ina very good medical college, and have been a medial educator at a senior professor level for years at the AIIMS, the premium medical institution i n India.
    Yet, the award that SOM boasts, went to relatively unknown junior professor, who studied in JSS, a capitation-fee hungry medical college!
    Surely this Director is better known than this relative of the SOM owners.

  4. Hey Covid19! says:

    correction: foreign

  5. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Pm Modi, his colleagues, Sonia, Rahul, Yedi , his colleagues similar politicians in other states , will not take this vaccine. Modi has already invited the PM of Britain as the chief guest in the much boasted Republic Day parade, so that he can bring in Pfizer vaccine vials for this purpose.
    Nothing but best for India’s leaders! As for citizens, the ordinary mortals, well there is Almighty! They cannot even pray at a temple, as VIPs can only do.
    Well, this is independent India.

  6. Meghadoot! says:

    A country which cannot provide clean ( quality) drinking water at the taps, quality milk and quality vegetable oil, simple things to achieve, is bringing out the complex Covid-19 vaccine, which Modi is boasting: wonder whether he understands the basics of Covid-19 vaccine, which many advanced Western countries struggled to get right until this time.
    So, Modi his cabinet, Sonia Rahul, the congress MP goondas, CMs and their cabinets, Devegowda, his son and his son-in-law, Yedi and his son, the political thugs Jarkiholis , the Karnataka ministers and all the MLAs and MLCs should take this Indian -made woderful vaccine Modi so highly recommends. Wait the for a month. If there adverse reactions and it wipes out most of them out, then India’s problems will be instantly solved.

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