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29k cold chain points, 41k deep freezers, India gets ready for Covid-19 vaccine storage


NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Tuesday said 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for Covid-19 vaccine storage.


Providing the details about cold-chain management at a press conference here, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for estimation of electrical and non-electrical cold chain equipment and their strengthening have been issued to states by the Centre.


The guidelines for management of cold chain at last cold chain points and session sites have also been issued, he said.


'A total of 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ce-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used,” Bhushan said.

All these equipment have already been delivered to the states. Some other equipment are being supplied," he said.


Giving more details about the preparations, the senior official said 36 states and Union territories have concluded meetings of State Steering Committees and State Task Force, while 633 districts have concluded meetings of the District Task Force in this regard.


Twenty-three ministries and departments in the Centre and states have been identified and assigned roles like planning, implementation, social mobilisation, awareness generation, among others, for the vaccine roll-out, he said.


Training modules for medical officers, vaccinator officers, alternative vaccinator officers, cold chain handlers, supervisors, data managers and ASHA coordinators are also finalized, and physical training as well as training on virtual/online platforms have started, the health secretary said.


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