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What the Vaccination Against COVID-19 Has So Far Achieved for India

Data and developments regarding India’s vaccination against Corona for 3 days are available before us. Based on this, there are some trends that can be traced and some initial takeaways that can be derived.

Vaccination Keeping the Peace

As per the data updated till 5 PM of 18th January, a total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today in 7,704 sessions.

The Safety Concerns

The government is not withholding any information about the cases in which an adverse impact was witnessed. An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) may or may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process.

580 cases of AEFI have been reported so far. Out of these, seven have required hospitalization. Of the three cases were reported from Delhi, of which two have been discharged whereas one case with reporting fainting is under observation at Max Hospital, Patparganj.  The reported case of AEFI in Uttarakhand is stable and under observation at AIIMS, Rishikesh.

In Chhattisgarh, one person is under observation at the Govt. Medical College, Rajnandgaon. Of the two cases of AEFI in Karnataka, one is under observation at District Hospital, Chitradurga and the second person is under observation at General Hospital, Challakere, Chitradurga.

Of the two deaths reported, the death of the 52-year-old male from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh (who was vaccinated on 16th Jan 2021 and died on the evening of 17th Jan 2021) was concluded to be unrelated to vaccination as per the post mortem report. Death was caused due to cardiopulmonary disease.

In the instance of another death of 43-year-old man, a detailed post-mortem report is awaited.

With Vaccine Shots, India Gained Global Trust and Leadership

Though the political opposition in India is trying to sow seeds of doubts about the vaccines and target the Modi government politically in this matter, neighbouring nations are increasingly looking at these vaccines as a shot of hope and have exhibited immense trust in India’s capacity.

Here are some instances that speak for themselves.

If all goes well in the days to come, India may stamp its leadership trait in the history of Indo-Pacific, as the neighbouring nations may narrate the story to their future generation that in Asia one nation sourced the disease while the other offered the relief.

The Value Differential

The vaccination phase has also shown that India is a unique country where faith and science go together despite the best efforts of certain section in deriding the former.

It has also shown to the world that India shares precious resources with the vulnerable and the true warriors on priority.

Though there are political forces at play working to spread negativity, it seems India is overcoming any apprehension that was there in this drive of immunisation against Covid-19.