Bhubaneswar, Jan 4: A day after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved emergency use of two Covid vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, the Odisha Government on Monday said it would start vaccination drive soon after arrival of vaccines.
Speaking to mediaprsons, Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Director Dr CBK Mohanty said there will be no delay in administration of vaccines to targeted beneficiaries after receipt of the vials.
“We have proposed to the Central Government for administering vaccines to health workers first. Subsequently, elderly persons and frontal Covid Warriors will be administered vaccines,” said Dr Mohany.
While Covishield, developed by Serum Institute of India in collaboration with Oxford-AstraZeneca, is said to be 70 to 90 percent effective, the Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biothech with help of ICMR, is 90 to 95 per cent effective, according to experts.
It may be noted that the SII claims to have stockpiled over 5 crore vaccines.