Understanding the demand for corona vaccine was no 'rocket science' - AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria
The governments of many states in the country are blaming the lack of vaccine. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), a country producing coviciled vaccine, recently said that Rs 3,000 crore is needed to increase vaccine production capacity. On his statement, Delhi AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria said that it was no 'rocket science' to understand that the demand for vaccine would increase rapidly in the coming times. He said that the demand for vaccine across the world had intensified only six months ago, when the trial of many vaccines was in the final stages.
Talking to NDTV, Randeep Guleria said that the manufacturers know about the production capacity and demand of the vaccine. He said, "The demand for vaccine was always going to be more. Because it was not to be supplied in India only, it had to be in the whole world. They needed to prepare in advance. They should have assessed it 6 months ago. Anyone can do this math, how much demand is going to be there and how much is our production capacity. ”
Regarding the funding related to Adar Poonawala, Dr. Guleria said, “I cannot advise them on financial support. But I can say with certainty that there will be a lot of investors in front of them to increase the production of vaccine, because there was going to be a huge demand for the vaccine. It was needed all over the world. There are more than 50 vaccines in clinical trials in the country because people see it not only as a human being but also as a market value. ”
Reports of closure of the vaccination center have come to light due to lack of vaccine in many states of the country. More than 24 vaccination centers in Mumbai had to be closed due to lack of vaccine. More than 100 vaccination centers in Pune had to be closed. However, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan accused Maharashtra and some other states of trying to hide their "failures" and creating panic among the people by asking for vaccines for everyone without imposing vaccines in sufficient numbers.
SII is making 20 lakh doses every day
Adar Poonawala recently said that the Serum Institute Kovishield is producing about 20 lakh doses every day and 6-6.5 million doses every month. He said that by June this year, SII will start making doses of 10-11 crore vaccines per month. Poonawala has said that the production of the vaccine has been affected, because the US and Europe have banned the export of raw material.
Vaccination continues through two vaccines in India, Kovishield of SII and Bharat Biotech's Kovaxine. At the same time, many vaccines are in the clinical trial phase. So far, 9,80,75,160 doses of vaccine have been applied in the country. On an average, around 36 lakh vaccine doses are being applied every day in the country. 34,15,055 vaccine doses were administered across the country on Friday. In which 30,06,037 people were given the first dose and 4,09,018 people were given the second dose. According to the Health Ministry, so far 1.23 crore people have taken both doses in the country.
Record new cases are coming in the country
There are a record 1,45,384 new cases of corona infection in one day in India. After this, the total number of people infected in the country has increased to 1,32,05,926. According to the Health Ministry, the number of active patients again increased to more than 10 lakhs after about six and a half months. The ministry said that 794 more people died due to the virus, the highest number for any single day since October 18 last year. So far 1,68,436 people have died in the country due to infection.
The daily number of infected people in the country has increased for the 31st consecutive day. At present 10,46,631 infected people are under treatment, which is 7.93 percent of the total number of people infected so far. The recovery rate in the country has come down to 90.80 percent. There were at least 1,35,926 active cases on 12 February after the first peak of infection in the country. This number was 1.25 percent of the total cases at that time.