India has the capability to retailer vaccines which will require a decrease temperature within the vary of minus 15 to minus 20 levels Celsius and there are over 29,000 chilly chain factors (CCPs) throughout the nation the place vaccines are saved on the really helpful temperatures, the Centre has informed the Supreme Courtroom.
In an affidavit filed within the apex court docket in a suo motu case on distribution of important provides and companies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre has mentioned that at current, the 2 vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — are required to be saved at a temperature vary of two to eight levels Celsius.
The Centre has mentioned the requirement for chilly storage could change with the arrival of different COVID-19 vaccines sooner or later and it’s absolutely ready to take applicable steps as and when such vaccines can be found.
“The nation additionally has the capability to retailer vaccines which can require a decrease temperature within the vary of minus 15 to minus 20 levels Centigrade. The Sputnik V vaccine requires storage at minus 18 levels Centigrade,” mentioned the affidavit filed on Saturday.
“It’s submitted that there are greater than 29,000 chilly chain factors (CCPs) throughout the nation in states/UTs, the place the vaccines are saved at really helpful temperatures,” it mentioned, including, “Of the above CCPs, 4 nationwide degree shops i.e. Authorities Medical Retailer Depot (GMSD) are managed by the Authorities of India and the remaining are managed by the respective state/UT governments,” it added.
It mentioned there are 37 state vaccine shops, 114 regional vaccine shops, 723 district vaccine shops and 28,268 sub-district vaccine shops.
The affidavit mentioned that primarily based on the requirement of each the common immunisation programme and COVID-19 vaccination, the federal government has centrally procured and equipped chilly chain gear (CCE) to the states and Union territories (UTs).
“Additional, funds are allotted to the states/UTs underneath the Nationwide Well being Mission-Programme Implementation Plan (NHM-PIP) for upkeep of CCEs and in addition for provisioning chilly chain technicians (CCTs) for endeavor the restore and upkeep of CCEs,” it mentioned.
The affidavit mentioned there are 29,116 CCPs, situated from the nationwide to the sub-district degree throughout the nation, which have CCEs like walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, ice-lined fridges, deep freezers, chilly bins for the storage of vaccines and freezing of ice packs.
“The capability of those CCPs has been augmented for the COVID-19 vaccination drive,” it mentioned.
The affidavit mentioned the chilly storage gear procured by the federal government via the home funds is indigenously manufactured.
“The chilly storage gear equipped as support by the donors i.e. UNICEF constitutes each indigenously-manufactured gear and imported gear,” it mentioned.
Within the affidavit, the Centre has additionally that the digital divide is not any extra a constraint as walk-in Covid vaccination has been allowed and a poor individual and a multi-millionaire within the 18 years and above age group are equally entitled to get the vaccine without cost.
Until June 25, over 31 crore doses of the Covid vaccines have been administered within the nation, the federal government has mentioned whereas responding to a slew of questions raised by the apex court docket in its Might 31 order.
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