Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s coronavirus infections rose by another 62,212 cases over the previous day and a regional media report stated on Saturday that the federal government had started identifying about 300 million individuals who would be given the vaccine initially when it is ready.The Times of India said that frontline health and sanitation employees, police officials and senior people with co-morbidities will get the vaccine on priority.The strategy, which is still in the draft phase,

aims to cover 23%of the population in the first phase. The final plan is likely to be prepared by end October-November, the report said.The picked individuals will be given an approximated 600 million doses.Earlier this month, health minister Harsh Vardhan had said that India wants to receive approximately 500 million

dosages of coronavirus vaccines by July next year to inoculate about 250 million people.Officials have said that providing the vaccine to India’s 1.3 billion individuals will be a massive exercise, likely to stretch well into 2022.

India’s cumulative tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.43 million on Saturday, having actually increased by 62,212 in the last 24 hours, health ministry information showed.But the variety of active infections slipped below 800,000 for the first time in 1.5 months, which the ministry called a substantial achievement.India has tape-recorded the world’s second-largest variety of cases after the United States and worries have been high that there may be more spikes during the ongoing festival season.(Reporting by Nupur Anand; Modifying by Edwina Gibbs and Raju Gopalakrishnan)Source

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