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Battle of COVID-19

Gurmeet Kaur

Keywords : Covaxin, COVID vaccination, COVID-19, Covishield

Citation Information : Kaur G. Battle of COVID-19. Journal of Medical Academics 2021; 4 (1):1-4.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10070-0071

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Abstract

It was in January 2021 the free vaccination against COVID-19 commenced in India and the government urged all of its citizens to get vaccinated which was expected to be the largest vaccination program in the world. Out of the various COVID-19 vaccines that were under various stages of clinical trials in India, four were developed in the country. Covishield (the name employed in India for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine) and Covaxin, the home-manufactured vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech had received approval from the Drug Controller of India. Indian manufacturers had stated that they can meet the country\'s future needs for COVID-19 vaccines. The manpower and cold-chain infrastructure established before the pandemic was sufficient for the initial vaccination of 30 million healthcare workers and was strengthened further to cater to the entire population subsequently. The Indian government had taken urgent measures to expand the country\'s vaccine manufacturing capacity and has also developed an efficient digital system to address and monitor all the aspects of vaccine administration. It brings in the sequential events in the battle against COVID-19 in India.


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