New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the vaccination plan of India, which is all set to start from January 16, 2020. He said that the Centre will bear the cost of the first phase of the vaccination drive. PM Modi spoke on Monday and said that he is satisfied that the country worked together by standing united in this COVID-19 global pandemic. As a result of which, the virus did not spread in the country on the scale it spread anywhere else in the world.
PM Modi discussed about the present COVID-19 situation and the upcoming vaccination drive with the chief ministers of all the states.
Here are the important points that PM Modi spoke about:
1. Public representatives are not a part of the 3-crore corona-warriors, frontline workers, who will be vaccinated in the first phase.
2. The second phase of the vaccination drive will prioritise those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbidities
3. This will be the world's largest vaccination drive, as two of the vaccines, which are made in India got the approval for emergency use.
4. Along with Covaxin and Covishield, four more vaccines will be rolled out in country.
5. These two made in India vaccines are cost-effective as compared to other foreign vaccines.
6. The Centre will bear the expense of the first phase of the vaccination drive.
Oxford vaccine Covishield is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin is developed by Bharat Biotech. Both of these vaccines were given approval for restricted emergency use in the country on January 3.
On Saturday, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting where reviewed the status of the novel coronavirus in the states. He further reviewed the vaccine preparedness across states and union territories.
COVID-19 vaccine dry run was conducted in all the States and Union Territories of the country, so that everyone is prepared before the real vaccination programme starts.