Government today said, more than 14 crore 19 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the country till now.
Nearly 93 lakh Health Care Workers have been administered the first dose of vaccine and over sixty lakh have received the second dose.
Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, over 1 crore 19 lakh Front Line Workers have received the first dose and over 63 lakh have received the second dose.
He informed that over 9 crore 79 lakh people aged 45 years and above have received the first dose and over one crore people have got the second dose.
Mr Agarwal said, the management of COVID-19 across States and districts to follow three main principles, Containment, Clinical Management and Community Engagement.
He said, there is a need for continued focus on Physical Distancing measures.
The Joint Secretary said, use of masks coupled with physical distancing can lower the transmission.
He said, research has shown if no physical distancing measures are followed, one person can infect 406 people in 30 days.
Mr Agarwal said, rational use of oxygen, appropriate prescription of drugs such as Remdesivir, Tocilizumab critical in fight against pandemic.
He said, many people found to be occupying hospital beds out of panic.
He urged people to take admission only on doctors’ advice.
Additional Secretary in Home Ministry Piyush Goyal said, India has enough medical oxygen available.
He said, the transportation of oxygen tankers is a major challenge.
Mr Goyal said, India is ordering oxygen tankers from abroad on a purchase or hiring basis.
He said, using real-time tracking, Government is monitoring the movement of oxygen tankers.
Mr Goyal appealed people not to panic over current COVID-19 situation.
Director AIIMS New Delhi Dr. Randeep Guleria said, we have to reduce the number of cases and use hospital resources optimally.
He said, the judicious use of oxygen is very important.
Dr Guleria said, right now, there is an unnecessary panic. He said, unnecessary panic causing more harm than good.
Dr Guleria said, Remdisivir was not found to have any mortality benefits and it is not right to think of it as a magic bullet.
He said, it is only useful in moderate to severe cases.
Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul said, we cannot let the pace of COVID19 vaccination decline in the face of the emerging situation.
He said, in fact, vaccination should be escalated.
Dr Paul urged people that in this COVID19 situation, not to go out unnecessarily and even within the family people should wear a mask.
He requested people not to invite people to their homes.
Dr Paul said, vaccines can be given during menstrual periods.