Indian Covid vaccines to be supplied to UN, WHO workers

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 Rohit Shishodia
India’s Covid vaccines would also be supplied to healthcare workers of the United Nation and World Health Organization. This has been informed by Dr SK Varshney, Adviser and Head- International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

During an interaction on Policy Dialogue on Covid-19 Vaccine organized by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and National Institute of Science, Technology & Development on March 3, 2021, Dr Varshney said that after ensuring the country's requirements, India is supplying vaccines to the global community.

“Our vaccines are easy to store. We have supplied nearly 6 million doses of vaccines as a gift to needy countries, 10 million commercial units have been supplied and in near future, we would be supplying UN health workers and WHO workers among many others,” he informed.

Dr Shekhar C Mande, DG- CSIR, said that the CSIR lab at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, has prepared the adjuvant for the Bharat Biotech vaccine Covaxin.

“We are proud that the vaccine received by the Prime Minister had CSIR adjuvant in it,” he added.

Dr Shailja Vaidya Gupta, Senior Adviser- Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, pointed out that Indians have the most trust in the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Indian response to Covid-19 has huge learning -- trust with the private sector and government is critical for vaccine confidence-building”, she said.

Dr. Gupta suggested that the government should leverage this trust by building transparent systems, improving accessibility of data in the public domain and decentralization of the vaccine regulatory process.

Dr Geetha Vani Rayasam, Head, Science Communication and Dissemination Directorate, CSIR, said, “Partnership from the public is vital and that is going to come only by increasing the awareness and communication to them.”

Dr Anurag Agrawal, CSIR-IGIB, Delhi, said, “A pandemic ends only in one way, people become immune. If you want a long-lasting immunity, you have to go for vaccines.”


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