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India holds second dry run of Covid-19 vaccination programme, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviews process

India is holding a second dry run of the Covid-19 vaccine to check the best way to vaccinate people against the virus on Friday. The dry run is being held in 736 districts across 33 States & UTs. The first massive dry run took place on January 2. The dry run operation will yet again check the feasibility of the CoWIN application in a field environment. CoWIN, short for Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network is a digital platform to roll out the process of vaccination.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on January 8 visited Tamil Nadu Government Super Speciality Hospitalin Chennai to review the preparedness and oversee mock vaccination drill.

He had earlier tweeted that he will be personally reviewing the dry run for administering Covid-19 vaccine in Tamil Nadu. He expressed a feeling of exhilaration as the country moves to kick-start the vaccination drive.

The Helath Mnister is scheduled to visit Session Site at government Omandurar hospital, vaccination centre at Apollo hospital, and vaccination centre in Chengalpattu, Chennai.

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This comes after Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved 2 COVID-19 vaccines, SII’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use. The 1st nation-wide dry run for the vaccine was held on January 2. This drill was carried out to iron out any glitches in the final execution and further refinements of the operational procedures. So far, the feedback from most of the States and UTs has been satisfactory. 

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