The Centre will procure the vaccine on to make it accessible to the precedence teams free-of-charge by way of the prevailing community of states and districts. States have been requested to not chart separate pathways of procurement.
The present digital platform and processes used for the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) are being enhanced to trace Covid-19 vaccine administration and motion — from procurement to storage to distribution to particular person beneficiaries — as and when the vaccine turns into accessible, well being ministry officers mentioned.
Also, on-line coaching modules are being developed for vaccinators. The digital platform that’s being enhanced is Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), which offers real-time data on vaccine shares and storage temperatures throughout all chilly chain factors within the nation beneath UIP.
The National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 has already mapped the prevailing chilly chain being utilised beneath the federal government’s immunisation programme and has additionally made a projection of the extra requirement, well being ministry officers had mentioned earlier.
Presently, the committee is engaged in mapping personal sector amenities that would serve the wants of supplementing the chilly chain gear.
Union well being minister Harsh Vardhan has mentioned that the Centre estimates to obtain and utilise 40-50 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine protecting round 25 crore folks by July subsequent 12 months.
The greatest problem for India will likely be increase cold-chain logistics to distribute vaccines throughout India in a brief time period, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the founder and chairman of Biocon Ltd., mentioned on the Bloomberg India Economic Forum final week.