With the soon approaching vaccination drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the chief ministers of all states to discuss the pandemic situation and preparations made for the vaccine rollout by the respective states. The meeting was held today via video conferencing. While addressing the CM’s PM Modi said that he is satisfied with the efforts they have made so far in dealing with the Covid crisis due to which India has been able to contain the spread relatively better than other countries.

As per the plan, in the first phase, an estimated number of 3 crore health care workers and front line workers will be vaccinated, following which the second phase will involve inoculation of people who are 50 years above or under-50 and suffering from co-morbidities. PM during the meet announced that the expenses for vaccination taking place in the first phase will be borne by the central government. “The aim is to vaccinate 30 crore people in the next few months”, said PM Modi.

A similar meeting had earlier been conducted by PM Modi on January 9th to review the preparedness of States and Union Territories for the vaccine rollout which is set to begin from January 16th as per the announcement made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The announcement came days after the Drugs Controller General of India gave its approval to the emergency use of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin to tackle the pandemic. Apart from the two vaccines already approved, the plan is to roll out four more vaccines to cover the entire population.

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Dry runs have been conducted across the country to prepare for the actual rollout. As per the arrangement, each vaccination center will have five vaccine officers deployed to handle the inoculation process. They will be checking the status of beneficiaries, verifying the documents as well as handling the crowd. In order to show that vaccines are safe and efficacious, The Indian Medical Association has requested all its 3.5 lakh members in 1800 local branches to get vaccinated voluntarily during the first phase.

Meanwhile, SII has received the purchase order from the government. As per their officials, the vaccine will be available at Rs. 200 per dose. Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd. in Pune has been given the charge of transporting the covid-19 vaccines from SII to other parts of the country. As per the sources, the dispatch is likely to take place tomorrow morning.

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