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Union Minister Harsh Vardhan virtually addresses World Bank Inter Ministerial Meeting on Vaccination of South Asia against COVID-19

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Dr Harsh Vardhan addresses World Bank Inter Ministerial MeetOn December 10, 2020 Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare virtually addressed the World Bank Inter Ministerial Meeting on Vaccination of South Asia against COVID-19.

Key Points from Union Minister’s Address:

i.Union Minister, Harsh Vardhan highlighted that India’s fatality rate is 1.45% which is below the global average of 2.29%.

ii.He highlighted the contributions of various research institutes of India towards developing a vaccine against COVID-19. The research institutes have lent their services in production, distribution & administration of vaccines.

iii.Out of 260 vaccine candidates at the Global Level, 8 vaccine candidates are set to be manufactured in India (including 3 indigenous ones).

iv.India has partnered with various international institutions like Oxford University (United Kingdom) & Thomas Jefferson University (United States of America) for vaccine research.

v.Vaccination process will start soon in India after approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

Digital Interventions:

Harsh Vardhan highlighted various digital interventions of India such as Mission Indradhanush immunization programs or the building of advanced CO-WIN digital platforms.


The 3 indigenous vaccine are – Covishield (developed by Serum Institute of India (SII)), Covaxin (developed by Bharat Biotech) & ZyCoV-D (Cadila Healthcare)

Recent Related News:

i.On August 11, 2020, the Central Government formulated an expert committee namely “National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration” under the chairmanship of Dr VK Paul to oversee the administration of COVID-19 vaccine in discussion with all state governments and vaccine manufacturers.

About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
Union Minister – Dr Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State – Ashwini Kumar Choubey

About World Bank:
President- David R. Malpass
Headquarters- Washington, D.C., United States