News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Updated Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:18 AM IST
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The health minister’s remarks have come in the wake of complaints by some bureaucrats about pressure from some influential politicians and senior police officers to be included in the first recipients of the vaccine.
Minister Rajesh Tope said, however, I have not received any such complaint. I have sent a message to all the district authorities to come directly to me if they receive such request. He said, the government is preparing a list of frontline workers and only they will be given the first dose. This list should be ready by next week.
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In fact, a senior official in Pune said that some politicians were regularly in touch with him about the updates on the vaccine tests, but so far no one has volunteered to be a candidate for the trial.
An analysis of Duke University’s ‘Launch and Scale Speedometer’ has revealed that India has made deals with three global vaccine candidates. India orders 500 million (50 crore) of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, one billion (one billion) of the American company Novavax Inc. and 100 million (100 million) doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine prepared by the Gamalaya Research Institute of Russia Have given.