1,000 vax doses found ‘frozen’


Guwahati/Silchar, Jan 20: Authorities in Assam are probing how the 1,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine Covishield were found “frozen” in the vaccine store of the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), officials said. 

Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and state National Health Mission Director Lakshmanan S. have separately ordered probes to identify the reason for the 100 vials of Covishield, containing 1,000 doses, being “frozen”.

 Health officials in Guwahati, however, are not labelling the 100 vials or the 1,000 doses a “waste” yet as they would get them tested in a laboratory to test the effi-cacy of the vaccine. According to SMCH officials, the develop-ment was noticed Saturday,

 the first day of the nationwide vac-cination drive. According to the guidelines of the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, pro-ducer of Covishield in India, the vaccine needs to be kept at a tem-perature between 2-8 degrees Celsius. 

 That show-COVID-19 cause notices vaccine got have been frozen and issued to those wasted due to responsible for their storage in storing and sub-zero supplying the temperature vaccineUnder Assam’s cold-chain sys-tem,

 the vaccines are being trans-ported and kept stored in Ice-Lined Refrigerators (ILRs) as specified by the Universal Immunisation Programme for transporting and storing any vac-cines. “Probe is now on, where the shortcoming and lapses had taken place. There are chances of the vaccine getting frozen while being carried to the hospital or while kept stored in the hospital,

” an of said on condition of anonymity. He also said that the ILR automatic monitoring sys-tem was also not functioning prop-erly. Assam got both Covishield and Covaxin. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is manufacturer of India’s first indigenous vac-cine Covaxin while Covishield was developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and man-ufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. 

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