Calling for continued vigilance and high preparedness against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ordered health authorities to step up COVID-19 testing and serological surveys and said the facility should be tested regularly and quickly at low cost. be available to everyone as soon as possible.
Chairing a COVID-19 pandemic vaccine research and deployment ecosystem review meeting, the Prime Minister also stressed the need for continued and rigorous scientific testing and validation of traditional medicine treatments.
He appreciated the efforts of the AYUSH ministry to conduct evidence-based research and provide reliable solutions during this difficult time, according to an official statement.
“The Prime Minister reiterated the country’s determination to provide cost-effective, readily available and scalable solutions for tests, vaccines and drugs, not only for India but for the whole world,” he said.
At the meeting, which was also attended by Union Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan, a member of NITI Aayog (Health), the senior scientific adviser, senior scientists and other officials, Modi a called for continued vigilance and high preparedness against the pandemic.
PM Modi also appreciated the efforts of Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers to address the challenge of COVID-19 and pledged to continue to facilitate and support the government for all these efforts.
The prime minister said regulatory reform is a dynamic process and experts in all current and emerging areas should be proactively used by the regulator as many new approaches have emerged.
He also provided an update on the Ministry of Health’s complete vaccine distribution and delivery mechanism, including adequate procurement mechanisms, and technologies for bulk storage, vial filling for distribution and guaranteed efficient delivery.
According to the statement, the prime minister ordered that serological surveys and testing be stepped up and said that the facility for getting tested regularly, quickly and inexpensively should be made available to everyone as soon as possible.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India soared to 73.07 lakh on Thursday with 67,708 new cases in the past 24 hours, while 63.83,441 people have recovered so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35%, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health.
The death toll climbed to 1,11,266 with the new coronavirus virus killing 680 in 24 hours in the country, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
The case fatality rate for COVID-19 cases, however, fell further to 1.52%.
There are 81,390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, representing 11.11% of the total number of cases.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 samples were tested through October 14 with 11,36,183 samples tested on Wednesday.