İrem UZUN -TDO- India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that country's scientists and health experts have worked on the development of an indigenous vaccine and in the upcoming six to seven months India will have the capacity to inoculate about 300 million people. Addressing the 22nd Group of Ministers Meeting on COVID-19, Health Minister said, "Our scientists and health experts have worked on the development of a vaccine by genome sequencing and isolation of the coronavirus and developed an indigenous vaccine. In 6-7 months, we will have the capacity to inoculate about 300 million people."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has identified 300 million people to receive the first doses of the vaccines. The priority group is made up of 30 million health care workers, policemen, soldiers and volunteers, and 270 million vulnerable people— mostly citizens above the age of 50 and 10 million others with serious comorbidities.
Besides the indigenous vaccine, the officials said a few vaccine candidates were likely to get emergency-use authorization from the drug regulator in the next few weeks. Two companies have already applied for consideration, and six more are in various stages of clinical trials. Officials said 154,000 of the country's 223,000 nurses and midwives will be deployed to give COVID-19 vaccines to people. The immunization program will be also inviting final year nursing students to volunteer.