He said that the government will undertake training of manpower not just for those who have to administer the vaccine but also report any adverse event.
A subgroup of the high level committee on vaccine is looking at the logistics situation with respect to syringes and other related equipment besides the vaccine.
While the world awaits the vaccine, as far as the treatment of covid patients goes, plasma therapy has not shown any benefit in mortality in moderate to severe patients nor has it stopped the progression of the disease, the Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR) study has found. “The study has been reviewed and accepted by the British Medical Journal and it will be published soon,” said Balram Bhargava, director general, ICMR.
The study was conducted on 464 patients across 39 hospitals involving 250 doctors. Taking cue from the plasma therapy ICMR
has completed the animal testing of equine sera - blood plasma obtained for horses that have recovered from Covid. It will soon start clinical studies, Bhargava said.
also said that 48 per cent of Covid-19 deaths were in 25 districts across eight states. Fifteen of these districts were in Maharashtra.
While the government is in talks with the state government there to control the situation, Bhushan also said that there is no direct correlation between health infrastructure and deaths.
“Patient has to be taken to the hospital in time...In Delhi too we had noticed earlier that most deaths were happening within 72 hours. We have to provide timely treatment,” Bhushan added.