COVID-19 vaccines in India ready to be disbursed in 10 days
New Delhi : The coronavirus vaccines in India will be ready to roll out within 10 days of authorization based on the reports of dry run, said government on Tuesday, ending speculations on time period required for the vaccine to arrive.
Two vaccines have received approval -- Oxford University's Covishield, which is being developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.
The news comes at a time when India has registered a sudden spike in number of cases of new mutant COVID that has reached the nation apparently via tourists from the UK. So far, 58 people have been tested positive for the new strain.
"Today, all vaccines are working. None of the mutations has challenged the vaccines," the health ministry said, adding, "We have not seen any emergence of untoward clusters. So far, so good".
Meanwhile, the dry run of vaccine has been done in almost all states, showing that the government is ready to begin the vaccination drive.
The process, in which participants receive dummy Covid vaccines, is meant to test the mechanisms and reveal possible gaps in the system ahead of the actual vaccination drive.