Leading healthcare provider Apollo Hospitals Group said it is prepared to administer 1 million COVID-19 vaccines a day. The group will leverage its robust pan India web of 19 medicine supply hubs with cold chain facilities and use its 70 hospitals, over 400 clinics, 500 corporate health centers, 4000 pharmacies alongside their omni-channel digital platform Apollo 24/7 to ensure massive administration capacity of Covid-19 vaccines, , says its Executive Vice-Chairperson Shobana Kamineni. It has already trained 10,000 professionals for this purpose.
“As the entire country awaits a vaccine for the deadly infectious disease, one of the major challenges will be around safe and orderly delivery of doses, for the population of 1.3 billion Indians, especially the vulnerable. We are happy to share that, Apollo Hospitals have been, strengthening its vaccine cold chain for supply and gearing up all Apollo facilities for efficient and fast administration with the highest safety standards, for up to 1 million doses per day,” she said.
Technology will play a large role in ensuring that all citizens have access to the vaccine and how it will be administered and prioritized, she added.
The group has also built up the largest cold chain network and distribution system to be able to safely transport and store this vaccine in the temperatures that are required, Kamineni said.
The group's cold chain can deliver this vaccine in every part of the country within either 30 minutes or maximum two days, she added.
"As the entire country awaits a vaccine for the deadly infectious disease, one of the major challenges will be around safe and orderly delivery of doses, for the population of 1.3 billion Indians, especially the vulnerable," Kamineni said.
India is expected to have a COVID-19 vaccine from more than one source by early next year and the government is formulating distribution strategies for the immunisation of people across the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.
Going forward, it will be the Apollo Hospitals Group's privilege to work with all governments, governmental agencies and healthcare networks to ensure that a large number of people get the vaccine, quickly and safely as it becomes available, Kamineni added.
The group will leverage its pan India web of 19 medicine supply hubs with cold chain facilities and use it's 70 hospitals, over 400 clinics, 500 corporate health centers, 4,000 pharmacies alongside omni-channel digital platform Apollo 24|7 to ensure massive administration capacity of COVID-19 vaccines, Apollo Hospitals Group said in a statement.