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Dr. Harsh Vardhan visiting the 10-Bed Make Shift Hospital, at NDRF 8th Battalion, opened today

COVID vaccine in 2 to 3 months

One COVAX candidate candidate doing Phase-3 human trials

Starting from one test in January 2020 through a single lab in Pune, India has exceeded cumulative tests of more than 3.5 crore today.

NEW DELHI, Aug 23 (BNC Network): The good news on COVID care front is that the vaccine from India should be ready within two to three months.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today expressed the hope that the “successful and effective” vaccine could be ready by the end of this year. One of the COVAX candidates is conducting the third phase of human trials.

“Our country will have a vaccine soon after the phased trials are over,” he said.

Explaining the rapid testing process that is on, the Minister pointed out that the country now has the capacity of carrying out over ten lakh tests for Covid-19 every day and also boasts of more than 1500 laboratories.

Starting from one test in January 2020 through a single lab in Pune, India has exceeded cumulative tests of more than 3.5 crore today. Consistently testing more than 8 lakhs tests since the last six days, with 8,01,147 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, the total has touched 3,52,92,220.

The steep rise in the testing is a result of effective implementation of the aggressive testing strategy of the Centre through a focussed and graded approach.

The rising average daily tests during the past three weeks present a strong depiction of the progress made in enhancement of COVID-19 tests across the country.

The rise in the daily testing has been followed by decrease in the average daily positivity rate.

Keeping a sharp focus on the Test, Track and Treat policy, the Tests-Per-Million have seen a boost touching 25,574 today. It is only by aggressive testing that the positive cases can be identified, their contacts tracked in a timely manner and promptly isolated, as well as the severe and critical patients provided the needed clinical treatment.

The strategy also ensured a steady expansion of the national lab network. With 983 labs in the government sector and 532 private labs, a total of 1,515 labs are providing comprehensive testing facilities to the people. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 780 (Govt: 458 + Private: 322)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 617 (Govt: 491 + Private: 126)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 118 (Govt: 34 + Private: 84)

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