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COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: 28.7 lakh doses administered in India on June 3

US Vice President Kamala Harris made her first phone call to PM Modi on June 3 to inform him the decision of the Biden Administration to send tens of thousands of doses of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to India.

June 04, 2021 / 09:03 AM IST
On the 139th day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive (June 3), 26.37 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 2.37 lakh people were given their second dose. (Representative image: Reuters)

On the 139th day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive (June 3), 26.37 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 2.37 lakh people were given their second dose. (Representative image: Reuters)

More than 28.75 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on June 3, the Union Health Ministry's latest provisional report suggested. With that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached 22.41 crore.

On the 139th day of the vaccination drive (June 3), 26.37 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 2.37 lakh people were given their second dose.

The government has revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to 12-16 weeks. However, the interval for the second dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin remains unchanged.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, with healthcare workers at the frontline of India's COVID-19 battle getting their first jabs. The country began the second phase of the vaccination drive from March 1 in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities could start getting the vaccine.

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

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There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

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Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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From April 1, vaccination was opened for everyone above the age of 45 with or without comorbidities.

India rolled out the third phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive for those in the 18-44 age group on May 1. The central government has liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals, and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.

Registration on CoWIN platform for the third phase began on April 28 and is mandatory for the 18-44 age group.

Here are key developments related to the COVID-19 vaccination process:

The Uttarakhand government will establish coordination between private hospitals and industrial units to speed up the campaign of vaccinating people of 18-44 age group against COVID-19, officials said on June 3. Director General, Health, Tripti Bahuguna held a meeting with representatives of industrial units and private hospitals in Dehradun on the day to discuss how to coordinate between them to give momentum to the vaccination process, they said.

US Vice President Kamala Harris made her first phone call to PM Modi on the day to inform him the decision of the Biden Administration to send tens of thousands of doses of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to India. Vice President Harris spoke this morning to the prime minister, Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Gujarat government said on the day that it has decided to expand its COVID-19 vaccination programme for the 18-44 age group to the remaining 23 districts of the state starting June 4, from the 10 districts where it is currently on.

A special campaign for anti-coronavirus vaccination of transgender, elderly people living in old-age homes and divyangs (persons with disabilities) residing in Noida and Greater Noida would be held on June 7, officials said on the day. The vaccination drive would be held at the auditorium of the Vikas Bhawan in Greater Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar District Social Welfare Officer Shailendra Singh said.

A remote circle in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China, has created a record of sort as almost all the people in the 45 years plus age group of the area have been administered COVID-19 vaccine, an official said on the day.

An undeterred BJP MP Gautam Gambhir said on the day that he will organise free COVID vaccination camps, hours after the Delhi government's drug controller informed the Delhi High Court that his foundation has been found guilty of unauthorisedly stocking and distributing Fabiflu medicine to coronavirus patients.

Here's the vaccination count for some states:
StatesTotal Beneficiaries
Andhra Pradesh1,03,37,846
Arunachal Pradesh 3,51,336
Assam 42,35,135
Bihar 1,05,83,676
Chandigarh 3,66,525
Chhattisgarh 70,27,097
Delhi55,52,315
Goa5,43,701
Gujarat1,76,59,698
Haryana61,01,593
Himachal Pradesh 24,93,942
Jharkhand43,05,504
Karnataka1,44,02,943
Kerala98,40,358
Madhya Pradesh 1,18,51,060
Maharashtra 2,32,92,259
Odisha 81,08,356
Punjab51,46,083
Rajasthan1,73,31,633
Tamil Nadu96,19,198
Telangana63,13,719
Uttar Pradesh 1,94,31,152
Uttarakhand29,62,144
West Bengal 1,54,26,928

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Jun 4, 2021 09:03 am

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