As there are enough hopeful signs about the arrival of a vaccine for Corona in the next few months, it is encouraging to see India already decking up for vaccine distribution.
Whichever vaccine may cut the final test, cold chain storage plays an important role in the effective distribution of vaccine. This is how India is already ensuring a large number of cold chains across the nation, the details of which was given by the Health secretary.
29000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41000 deep freezers & 300 solar refrigerators will be used. All these equipment have already reached state governments: Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health #CovidVaccine pic.twitter.com/0tnJjVCB8n
— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2020
A Transparent Mechanism
Vaccine is yet to be realised, but the clarity about how the vaccination drive will unfold in India has already arrived and has been conveyed to the public.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities based on the evolving pandemic situation, and finally to the remaining population based on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.
The digital India push will majorly aid India’s vaccine distribution. The COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system — a digitalised platform — will be used to track enlisted beneficiaries for the vaccination and anti-coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis. Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated in accordance with the prioritisation.
Back in October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested developing a vaccine delivery system on the lines of the conduct of polls and disaster management while involving all levels of government and citizen groups.