Bengaluru, Dec 2: The Covaxin Trails are going to be successful in the state and Karnataka is fully prepared for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.
He was speaking here after the launch of the third phase of the clinical trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa joined the event via video conference.
Dr Sudhakar said that it’s a matter of pride to our state that clinical trials are happening at 25 centres of 12 states across the country. 26,000 people are being administered with vaccination. 1,600-1,800 people are being administered Covid vaccination in our state alone.
People should be wary of rumours and misinformation during this trial period, he added.
Speaking on the side effects of the vaccine the Minister said that around 15-20 per cent Indian companies are developing vaccination globally. There may be side effects of vaccination. Experts are observing it and there is no need for panic at this stage, he added.
PM Narendra Modi government has reserved Rs.900 Cr for vaccine research. Prime Minister himself has visited and inspected the research centres in Pune, Ahmadabad and Hyderabad.
He said that the CM BS Yediyurappa led government in Karnataka has kept aside Rs 300 crore for Vaccine trials. Free of cost treatment is given to Covid patients. 1.25 lakh tests are conducted per day in the state and 1.2 Crore free Covid testing has been conducted so far, Minister explained.
He said that Karnataka is fully prepared for vaccine distribution, 29,451 vaccine distribution centres have been identified and 10,008 trained staff are ready. 2,855 cold storage centres are available for storage of vaccines. Regional centres are being set up in Bengaluru, Shivamogga and Bellary.
Healthcare workers will be given the vaccination in the first phase followed by frontline warriors, people aged above 50 years and people of with comorbidities, said Dr Sudhakar.