UN offers support as India executes worlds largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

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India has launched the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive, several UN agencies have lend their support and our working closely with authorities for the massive vaccination programme. On Tuesday, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said, “In India, the UN team led by Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien is supporting the government and UN partners in the massive COVID-19 vaccination programme.”

”UN agencies are working closely with authorities to prepare and launch what is currently the world’s largest vaccination drive,” he told reporters at the daily press briefing, adding that as of Tuesday, the Indian government has vaccinated nearly half a million people.

India on January 16 rolled out the massive coronavirus vaccination drive under which two domestically manufactured vaccines Covieshield and Covaxin are being administered to frontline health workers across the country. Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin is being produced by Bharat Biotech.

As reported by the India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, almost 4,54,049 vaccinations have been done.There have been about 580 cases of adverse effects following the vaccinations so far and two people have died. The government has said the deaths are not related to the vaccine.

As told by Stephane Dujarric, UN teams have monitored more than 4,000 vaccination sessions so far and have helped to train more than 300,000 vaccinators and healthcare workers.”We are also providing technical assistance, including helping to ensure cold-chain equipment for the vaccines,” he further added.

In India, the UN team’s work has led to a five-fold increase in investments to address gender-based violence since the start of the pandemic, he added. UN agencies have helped to train hundreds of crisis centre workers who support thousands of survivors of gender-based violence every month. We have also trained 47,000 nurses and others to address violence against women, girls and others, Dujarric said. As reported by CNBC.

A UN news release reported that, India has over 10.5 million COVID-19 infections, the second-highest in the world after the worst-hit US with over 24 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths. The virus has claimed over 150,000 lives in India. WHO representative in India, Roderico Ofrin, said the World Health Organisation has provided technical assistance to the government for the development of operational guidelines and other training materials for state and district programme managers and vaccinators, and establishing tracking and accountability frameworks.

Aside from directly supporting the vaccine rollout, UN agencies continued their programmes to assist the most vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19 and its socio-economic fallouts. Though vaccination programmes are underway, continued vigilance against COVID-19 and preventing its spread remain as important as ever, the UN said.

 

 

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