Kerala asks Centre for more Covid vaccine doses, registration for health workers missing vaccination

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a clarification that it has not given permission to any traditional medicine for the treatment of Covid-19 without naming Patanjali's Coronil
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja
Kerala Health Minister KK ShailajaVogue India

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has requested the central government to release more doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the state. She also asked permission for registering those health workers who missed vaccination.

In a letter to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Shailaja said that though health workers in Kerala registered in time, a few could not, and they should get a second chance.

Also, Kerala has a large population of people above the age of 50 residing in the state. This section of the population comes under the third priority group. Shailaja said that more doses should be provided for the vaccination of this group.

Reportedly, Shailaja informed that 3,36,327 (94% of the revised target) health workers and 57,658 frontline fighters (38%) received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. She added that 23,707 health workers received the second dose.

On Sunday, Kerala recorded 4,560 positive Covid cases and 5,841 recoveries. The state collected 65,968 samples and the Test Positivity Rate is at 7.05%.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that it did not give permission to any traditional medicine for Covid-19 treatment. The clarification came in the form of a Tweet after Patanjali Ayurved claimed that the Indian government and WHO had approved the Coronil medicine. The health organization did not take the name of Patanjali while issuing the clarification.

Earlier, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, owner of Patanjali, told news agencies that the Indian government gave the green signal after completing scientific research evidence of Coronil. “The government has given the green signal after completing the entire scientific research evidence, which is based on the international parameters. The country and the world also agreed, the WHO also agreed, and now we have the option to sell ‘Coronil’ in more than 150 countries with scientific evidence,” he said, adding that those taking the vaccine must first take Coronil so that their immunity increases.

Patanjali had launched Coronil in 2020, however, it drew severe criticism for not having scientific evidence. Initially, Ramdev alleged that Coronil was a cure for Covid-19 but later retracted and said it was just an immunity booster.

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