Prabhu Shisharnappa Banshette, 37, offers rides to citizens, including Covid-19 patients, wearing a PPE kit in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)
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A temperature-controlled cold chain, including equipment and procedures used in transport, storage, and handling, is a critical aspect of the administration of the potential vaccine. Poor handling, including exposing the vaccine to temperatures outside the recommended range, can result in reduction of potency and wastage.
The decision to augment cold chain storage comes in the backdrop of the government asking states to submit lists of priority population groups for receiving the vaccine. On Sunday, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said that the government expects to receive and utilise 400-500 million doses, and cover approximately 20-25 crore people by July 2021.
A subgroup has been formed to look at cold chain storage, sources in the Expert Group said. IAS officer S Aparna, who has been recently appointed as Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, heads the subgroup. Sources said the subgroup has had detailed deliberations on augmenting the existing cold chain storage of the government’s Universal Immunisation programme.
President Donald Trump returned to the White House Monday evening after three days of treatment for Covid-19 at a military hospital, and officials plan to significantly restrict physical access to him as he continues his recovery.
“The White House is taking every precaution necessary to protect not only him and the first family, but every staff member working on the complex,” spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Monday night. He said that anyone who comes close to Trump would wear personal protective equipment.
Trump only said “thank you very much” to those gathered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before boarding the presidential helicopter for his return flight to the White House. Back at the residence, he walked up the South Portico stairs to the balcony, where he removed his mask, flashed thumbs-up with both hands and saluted for several seconds.
US President Donald Trump removes his protective mask on the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington (Photographer: Ken Cedeno/Polaris/Bloomberg)
He did not appear to put his mask back on before walking into the residence. The show of defiance toward both the virus and public health measures to combat its spread was in keeping with the president’s tone earlier when he announced he would leave the Bethesda, Maryland, hospital.
In a video released shortly afterward, Trump said of the virus: “Don’t let it dominate you.”