India's COVID-19 vaccination drive: Key challenges and resolutions
Om Prakash Choudhary, Priyanka Choudhary, Indraj Singh
India has been gravely struck by the second wave of COVID-191 caused by SARS-CoV-2, and is predicted to be hit by the third wave in the next few months. It is challenging for the Government of India to implement a mass vaccination drive while mitigating the subsequent COVID-19 waves. Recommendations for the second wave of COVID-19 in India have been described elsewhere.2 Here, we highlight challenges and resolution measures for mass vaccination of the second-most populous country in the world.
India sustains a staggering 17·7% (1·39 billion) of the world's population, and vaccine production has therefore been a challenge in the country. India has three vaccines (Covishield [ChAdOx1 nCoV-19; Oxford–AstraZeneca; manufactured by Serum Institute of India], Covaxin [BBV152; Bharat Biotech], and Sputnik V [Gam-COVID-Vac; Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology]) approved for emergency use. Around 70 million Covishield doses and 10 million Covaxin doses per month have been manufactured in India up to May, 2021.3 This production pace is insufficient to cover the enormous population of India; hence, manufacturers have committed 100 and 80 million doses per month, respectively, in the coming months. Indian Immunologicals will also provide 10–15 million doses of Covaxin per month by August–September, 2021.3 Besides national production, the country should also consider importation to achieve mass vaccination quickly.
Vaccination planning has also been a challenge in India. Earlier in the year, individual Indian citizens had to register on the CoWIN or Aarogya Setu portal in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The limited number of vaccination slots resulted in fewer administrations during the initial 5 months of the vaccination programme (phase 1–4).
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