The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has warned that the third wave of COVID-19 could peak around October 2021. In its report to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the NIDM has sought better preparedness, including ‘pediatric facilities’, in case a large number of children become infected, a report in the Times of India said. The panel reportedly noted that the existing infrastructure in the country was “no nowhere close” to the one needed.
According to the ToI report, the NIDM report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office has also said that the vaccination among children with existing illnesses as well as disabilities should be prioritised. Among other recommendations, the panel has also suggested that there is a need for “a holistic home care model, immediate increase in paediatric medical capacities and prioritising mental health issues among children.”
ZyCov-D gets a green signal from govt
The development comes days after the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) gave a go-ahead for ZyCov-D, the first vaccine in the country which can be administered to children as well as adults.
“Zydus Cadila has received approval for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for ZyCoV-D today i.e. 20/08/2021, the world’s first and India’s indigenously developed DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19 to be administered in humans including children and adults 12 years and above,” the government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said in a statement on Friday.
The vaccine is believed to be effective against all the existing variants of COVID-19.