Govt never spoke about vaccinating the entire country,” says Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the goal is to vaccinate critical mass of people and break the virus transmission.

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Rajesh Bhushan

New Delhi: Heath secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday said that the government has never spoken of vaccinating the entire country as and when a vaccine for coronavirus is approved.

“The government has never spoken about vaccinating the entire country,” Mr Bhushan said in response to a question at a press meet.

“I want to make it absolutely clear. I repeatedly say that before discussing the topics related to science, it would be good to know the factual information about it and then analyse it. So the vaccination of the whole country was never spoken of,” he said, when asked by when the government would be able to vaccinate whole country.

“Vaccination would depend on the efficacy of the vaccine & our purpose is to break the chain of COVID19 transmission. If we’re able to vaccinate critical mass of people & break virus transmission, then we may not have to vaccinate the entire population,” said ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava.

“Many other nations are looking into whether they need to deliberate when one has already developed antibodies from a prior Covid infection before vaccinating him. Does he have enough antibodies? There has been no final decision on this. But this is a topic of discussion among scientific community and other nations,” Mr Bhushan said.

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