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INDIA’S FIRST ‘DRIVE IN VACCINATION CENTER’ IN MUMBAI

INDIA’S  FIRST ‘DRIVE IN VACCINATION CENTER’ IN MUMBAI

Context

India’s first ‘Drive in Vaccination Center’ was inaugurated in Mumbai.

Details

  • It has been set up in the parking lot of Kohinoor Square Tower at Dadar.
  • It has been made available to the citizens at a time when people with disabilities are facing difficulties in getting to the vaccination center.

Covid Vaccination

  • Phase one of vaccination starts  from 16th January-July 2021.
  • 700-750 mn would have to be vaccinated, which would require around 1.5 bn doses if each needs 2 shots. Each sealed box could contain 10-20 vials.
  • Children below 14 years and pregnant women would be excluded as no tests have been done on them.
  • The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 has recommended that priority be given to
    • 10 million healthcare workers
    • 20 million frontline personnel — armed forces, municipal workers, emergency relief workers, etc
    • 270 million people above the age of 50 and those below 50 with co-morbidities.
  • Around 3 billion doses are made in India.
  • Serum Institute of India (SII) is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers.
  • 4.3 bn doses are made in the world; India accounts for about 70% of world’s production.
  • Almost 65% of vaccines made in India are exported.

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