India likely to get first COVID vaccination shot in January, informs Dr Harsh Vardhan

India likely to get first COVID vaccination shot in January, informs Dr Harsh Vardhan

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NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday informed that the people of India could get a Covid-19 vaccine shot in January. India recorded 26,624 fresh coronavirus cases, 29,690 recoveries and 341 deaths on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry.

Vardhan said, "Our first priority has been safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We don't want to compromise on that. I personally feel, maybe in any week of January, we can be in a position to give the first Covid vaccine shot to people of India.”

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry released a document on Saturday, answering to public queries on the vaccination. It was announced that currently, six coronavirus vaccines are undergoing clinical trials in India and are in different stages of development.

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COVID-19 in India:

The country reported another 26,624 fresh coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, pushing India's total number of cases to 1,00,31,223 on Sunday.

The number of fresh cases is 5.8% higher than Saturday when the country recorded 25,152 Covid-19 cases as it surpassed the one-crore case mark.

Among the total number of Covid-19 cases, the number of active cases stand at 3,05,344 while 95,80,402 have so far recovered from the infection, with 29,690 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, since the first case was reported from Kerala on 30 January.

The country also recorded 341 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 1,45,477, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.

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