India is looking at all ‘serious’ post-vaccination side effects as it carries out the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drive, a top medical expert said today amid suspension of AstraZeneca shots in several countries over the risk of blood clots. Panels are constantly monitoring ‘adverse events’ for both Covishield and Covaxin, the expert added.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday announced that more than six coronavirus vaccines will come up in India. He also said that 1.84 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people so far, while 23 crore tests have been conducted. India has developed two vaccines, which have been given to 71 countries. Many more nations are seeking vaccines, and these are not little-known nations. Canada, Brazil, and other developed countries are using Indian vaccines with great zeal,” he said.
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More than 2.82 crores vaccine doses have been administered through 4,86,314 sessions in India till now. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Saturday recorded 15,602 fresh COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths, taking the tally to 22,97,793 and the count to 52,811, the state Health Department said. With a total of 1.13 crore infections, India has logged the second-highest number of Covid infections after the United States in the world.