New Delhi:13/9/20: The much-awaited COVID vaccine will be ready by early 2021, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. He, however, added that the vaccine will be available to high-risk and old-age patients.
The Union Minister said that the government is considering emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccination to senior citizens.
Harsh Vardhan said the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 is currently formulating a detailed strategy on how to immunize the majority of the population.
The Minister during the ‘Sunday Samvad’ programme here interacted with his social media followers and answered their queries on the subject.
The Union Health Minister said he would be happy to take the first dosage of the vaccine if some people have a trust deficit. His statement has come after participants in UK during a trial of the University of Oxford’s vaccine candidate developed severe complications following the administration of its dose.
Harsh Vardhan said that an effective vaccine will help in establishing immunity to coronavirus at a much faster pace as compared to natural infection.