The health minister lauded India's vaccination drive saying that the latest figures suggested that 9,43,34,262 doses have been given to people in India.
“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party (BJP) president J P Nadda have called for making the vaccination drive a ''jan andolan'' (mass movement)," he said.
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The Union Health Minister said that every death has been scientifically investigated and high powered experts committee evaluate it, no case has come yet that death is vaccine-induced.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of Covaxin, a coronavirus vaccine developed in India by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that the share of active cases is only 3.12 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases in the country.
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He hailed the 'visionary leadership' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 'prudence' of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman 'for taking us closer to Health For All.'
Harsh Vardhan said that details of how 27 crore priority beneficiaries -- those above 50 years of age and those below it having comorbidities -- would be vaccinated until July were being finalised.
He said the govt has undertaken a slew of measures for the welfare of the tribal population in the country, identified 10 major concerns that need immediate attention and started working towards it.
Vardhan had recently said the state was "paying the price for gross negligence" during Onam when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spurt in cases
He also said there is a plan to conduct trial of ayurvedic medicines such as aswagandha, guduchi, pippali etc to prevent people from getting infected from COVID-19.
'Till we get a vaccine for fighting COVID-19, the COVID-appropriate behaviours will serve as a potent social vaccine and keep us protected and safe,' the minister stated.
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Addressing officials of 197 cities and districts, the Union Health Minister highlighted the pressing need for the campaign.
According to the RDA, privacy of the details of candidates as given in the NEET application forms has been compromised and passed on to private medical institutions.