Covid-19: the current count in IndiaAs per the Health Ministry, the total number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in India have reached a tally of 2,091,549. The number of people recovered from the virus has risen to 1,429,178 and the death toll is at 42,621. Globally, the virus has infected 19,572,942 and killed 724,710 people.India’s vaccine task forceShowing optimism amid the pandemic, India has formed an expert committee to oversee all aspects of its Covid-19 vaccine plan, from identification of the vaccine to buying to financing the purchase to distribution and administration. The panel will be led by Niti Aayog’s Dr VK Paul and co-chaired by health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, sources told the Hindustan Times. The development comes as six vaccines are in Phase II-III human trials and countries around the world are scrambling to strike deals with them for distribution.The task force will focus on picking out the vaccines that India can use, how they should be procured—whether foreign agencies should be involved or whether state governments will be allowed to procure under the direct supervision of the central government, plan a budget and prepare a strategy on inventory management, distribution, and administration. “The internal discussions have started so… Read full this story
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