New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has exuded confidence that coronavirus vaccine in the state will be available close to Hindu festival ‘Makar Sankranti’, which will be celebrated on January 14. He made the remarks while laying the foundation stone of Advocate’s Building at the collectorate campus in Gorakhpur on Saturday.Also Read - One Dead, Several Injured In A Cylinder Blast In UP's Meerut

“We initiated the campaign against COVID-19 in March 2020 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and at the beginning of this year we could say firmly that the dry run of the vaccine will be held on January 5 across the state and the vaccine will be available near around Makar Sankranti”, CM Yogi said. Also Read - 14-Year-Old Teenager Mauled To Death By Tigress In UP's Lakhimpur Kheri

Earlier on Saturday, a dry run was held by all states and union territories in preparation for a massive inoculation drive, with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appealing to people not to be misguided by “rumours” and disinformation regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
The dry run involved 286 session sites spread across 125 districts. India has reported 1.03 crore COVID-19 cases so far and the exercise was held on a day an expert panel of the central drug authority recommended granting permission for restricted emergency use of the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, with certain conditions, after giving similar direction for the Oxford vaccine Covishield.
“The states and UTs have expressed complete satisfaction on the successful conduct of the dry run which included the operational process and its linkages with the Co-WIN Software,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.
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