India, Oct. 9 -- Covid-19 containment measures can be derailed if the festivals are not observed in strict adherence to the health protocol, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya warned on Saturday. "The two-pronged solution is to follow Covid protocols very strictly and to speed up vaccination," the minister also said in a statement. The health minister also urged medical authorities of 19 states to escalate their inoculation pace so that India can achieve administering 100 crore vaccine doses in the next few days.

He also cited results of experiments that showed 96% immunity from the Covid-19 after the first dose of the jab. The number increases to nearly 98 per cent for people who have taken both doses of the vaccine, the health min...