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Govt to prioritise Covid-19 vaccine for front line health workers: Report

The national vaccine distribution plan is being formulated with the assumption that limited volumes of the inoculation will be available in the first few months of production, Paul said

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India’s front line health workers will be the first to be inoculated once an effective vaccine is available, according to a senior Indian official involved in immunization planning.

Three vaccines are currently at different stages of development in the country so far and a safe candidate is expected early next year, said Dr. Vinod Paul, member of the federal government planning organization Niti Aayog and the head of a panel advising the prime minister on the country’s efforts to produce and roll-out the inoculation.

“Mortality reduction and protecting front line workers should be first priority,” Paul said. “Health workers, both in public

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First Published: Oct 29 2020 | 3:57 PM IST

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