Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on 19 December said that India would be able to inoculate about 30 crore people with Covid-19 vaccine in six to seven months. He further said that the country’s scientists and health experts have developed an indigenous vaccine.
“Our scientists and health experts have worked on the development of a vaccine by genome sequencing and isolation of the coronavirus and developed an indigenous vaccine. In 6-7 months, we will have the capacity to inoculate about 30 crore people,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
The health minister stressed that India had one of the highest Covid-19 recovery rates in the world at 95.46% as over 95 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far. “There have been a little over one crore cases of Covid-19 in India. Of that, 95 lakh 50 thousand cases have recovered successfully. India has one of the highest recovery rates in the world at 95.46%,” Harsh Vardhan said.
He observed that even in the festive months of October and November there had been no new surge of COVID-19 cases due to comprehensive testing, tracking and treatment policy implemented on the ground.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State Health & Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, Member (Health) NITI Aayog Vinod K Paul, Advisers to the Prime Minister Amarjeet Sinha and Bhaskar Khulbe joined the health minister.
With 25,152 new positive cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the total number of infected patients in the country has crossed the one crore mark. Nearly 10 lakh cases have been reported in nearly a month, while the total number of recoveries surged to 95.50 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The country’s COVID-19 case tally had surpassed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, and 40 lakh on 5 September. It went past 50 lakh on 16 September, 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, 80 lakh on 29 October, and surpassed 90 lakh on 20 November.
The health ministry’s data updated at 8 am on 19 December showed the total number of cases mounted to 1,00,04,599, and the death toll to 1,45,136 with the virus claiming 347 more lives in a span of 24 hours.