COVID Vaccine Drive - Tika Utsav

COVAXIN and COVISHIELD are the two main COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in India.

Updated: Apr 12, 2021 11:48:29 am

12 April 2021 Current Affairs:Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the chief ministers of all countries to organize Tika Utsav. Tika Utsav is a vaccine festival. The event will be held from April 11, 2021 to April 14, 2021. 

♦ The main purpose of the festival is to vaccinate as many people as possible. It will also focus on a zero-waste COVID-19 vaccine.
♦ Currently, the three states are receiving the largest number of COVID-19 doses. They are Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
♦ COVAXIN and COVISHIELD are the two main COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in India.
♦ So far, India has shipped 64 million vaccine doses to 84 countries/regions in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The main recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in India are Mexico, Canada and Brazil. 
♦ According to the vaccination plan, the Indian government plans to cover 250 million people in the “high priority” category by July 2021.
♦ COVAXIN is a government-supported vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech. The effective rate is 81%. More than 27,000 participants participated in the Phase III trial of the COVAXIN vaccine. Take COVAXIN in two divided doses. ♦ The time interval between doses is four weeks. COVAXIN is made from dead COVID-19 virus.
♦ The COVISHIELD vaccine is produced by Astra Zeneca. Locally, COVISHIELD is produced by the Serum Institute of India. It is made from a weakened version of a common virus from chimpanzees (called adenovirus). The virus has been modified to be more like the COVID-19 virus. It is given in two doses.
♦ Unlike several other COVID-19 vaccines, COVAXIN and COVISHIELD can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Other COVID-19 vaccines (such as the Moderna vaccine) must be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius and can only be moved a limited number of times. As the summer temperature in India reaches 50 degrees Celsius, it is extremely challenging to administer such vaccines in India.
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