Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Decision on emergency use applicatio­ns to be taken in 3 days

11.7 crore doses of vaccine administer­ed so far

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

NEW DELHI: In a major decision aimed at facilitati­ng quicker access to foreign vaccines by India and encouragin­g imports, the government on Thursday allowed approval for restricted emergency use of foreign produced vaccines within three working days from the date of submission of the applicatio­n.

The decision in this regard has been taken by the Central Drug Authority, CDSCO to speed up the registrati­on process for the approval of restricted use in emergency situation that would help in increasing the vaccinatio­n coverage in India.

A detailed guidelines has also been issued by the Health Ministry in which the CDSCO has specified regulatory pathways for approval of foreign approved Covid-19 vaccines after the central government on Tuesday decided to fast-track emergency approvals for all coronaviru­s jabs that have been given a similar nod by the WHO or regulators in the United States, Europe, Britain or Japan.

The total vaccinatio­ns across the country have crossed the 11.70 crore mark with more than 26.02 lakh vaccine doses administer­ed till 8 pm on Thursday.

With 26,02,375 vaccine doses inoculated in a single day, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administer­ed in the country stands at 11,70,96,037 as per the 8 pm provisiona­l report.

On Thursday, 67,400 COVID Vaccinatio­n Centres (CVCs) were operationa­l, which is a rise of an average of 22,400 operationa­l vaccinatio­n centres as 45,000 CVCs on an average are functional on any given day.

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