Raipur: The Health Minister TS Singh Deo, has said that it would take two years to regain control of the corona even after the vaccine is introduced. Corona is coming out in many forms. So far its 4000 mutations have been identified. Talking to media persons at his residence office on Wednesday, he cautioned that many more viruses will come in future and we have to be prepared to deal with them. However the year 2020 is ending with good news that research on corona vaccine is progressing significantly. This is indeed the most precious gift that the passing year has given to the entire World. So far 18 proteins have also been identified, which will limit the corona to a great extent.
In response to question the Minister categorically said that the dead bodies of the covid positive deceased should not be given to their relatives for the last rites under no circumstance, said health minister TS Singh Deo adding that strict action will be taken against the officer concerned if the dead body is handed over directly to the family.
Singh Deo said, in case of death of a covid positive patient, the funeral is performed as per the administrative procedure and the protocol, issued by the Centre. Besides, utmost care should also be taken in this process. Stern action will be taken against anyone who violates the process, he further said.
He added that there were many diseases earlier, the vaccine of which took about 15 years to be introduced. It took 15 years for the pneumonia vaccine to be formed. It is no less than a miracle that the corona vaccine was ready between 5 and 10 months.
The minister also briefed the media persons about the stage of corona vaccine preparation, saying that the scientists have been working at a war-footing level to get the breakthrough in this direction. It is now being assumed that over 75 per cent people will be directly benefitted.
There is a target to vaccinate almost 30 crore population in the first six months, said Singh Deo and added that the purchase order from the country is highest in the world with the management of about 160 crore vaccines. In the first 6 months frontline workers will be vaccinated and the rest will be included in the next phase.
The Minister made it clear that after the first dose is delivered, there is no fixed time period, as to when the second dose of vaccine has to be administered. However, it might be a matter of two to eight weeks, he observed.
Initially we had been told by the experts that in 21 and 28 days the second dose would be delivered to the person. Albeit there are indications that the effectiveness of the dose taken between two to eight weeks is expected to be completely effective said the minister. However, the actual result of these doses would be evident only later on, after it curbs the symptoms of corona virus in the body, he further explained.