By year-end, we should be able to vaccinate 60 cr people with both doses: Medanta Chairman

Gurugram, May 26 (ANI): Keeping in view of COVID vaccination program in India, the Chairman of Medanta, Dr Naresh Trehan on May 26 said that since there are many new vaccines coming and by July-August, there will be no shortage. By year-end before December we should be able to vaccinate 60 crore people with both doses. “In India, one thing is fortunate that we are the manufacturing hub of vaccines. Already 7-8 crore of doses are available per month but it needs to be ramped up. Because our population is too large it needs 60-70 crore people to be vaccinated before we can say we have reached herd immunity. That means, we need 140-170 crore of doses,” said Dr Naresh Trehan. He further said, “In United Kingdom, they said that you can increase the gap between 2 doses to 12 weeks and India also adopted that. But now it is discovered in UK that (against) new B.1.617 mutation one dose is not enough and they've now compressed the time back to 8 weeks. If you are exposed between two doses, it's better to do it around 6 weeks, 8 weeks maximum to get full immunity. There are many new vaccines coming and we are hoping by July-August, there will be no shortage. By year-end before December we should be able to vaccinate 60 crore people with both doses.”