Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about various steps taken to contain coronavirus in the state.
He said that a task force was in place to manage distribution and vaccination in Maharashtra as and when that happens and that the government was in constant touch with Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, to track the progress of the coronavirus vaccine.
Thackeray made the remarks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting via video conferencing with chief ministers of eight states which have reported higher number of Covid-19 cases.
Serum Institute of India has partnered with AstraZeneca for manufacturing the Oxford vaccine for Covid-19.
Till Monday, Maharashtra reported 17,84,361 COVID-19 cases and 46,653 deaths due to the disease, as per the state health department.
The central government has also been putting in place measures for quick and effective distribution of coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.
Five vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which four are in Phase II/III and one is in Phase-I/II trials.
Fearing a Covid surge, the state had on Monday announced fresh set of rules for passengers coming from four states with higher Covid caseload.
People travelling from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa by flights or trains will have to carry RT-PCR negative test report, the government had announced on Monda.
“The RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at Airports in Maharashtra,” the SOP read.
Regarding travel by train, it said : “All passengers travelling to Maharashtra by trains originating or having halt/stop at stations in the NCR of Delhi, States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa shall carry with them RT-PCR negative test report before they decide to enter Maharashtra.”