Ahead of January 16 vaccine roll-out, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers today afternoon and also review coronavirus situation in their respective states.
All states will share the details of preparations made for the planned vaccination during this meeting.
Speaking at the inauguration of the 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on Saturday the PM had said: “India is ready with two vaccines for the protection of humanity and the world is also watching how the country runs the globe’s biggest vaccination programme.”
The meeting is slated to begin at 4 pm. He will be apprised by the CMs on the roll-out of coronavirus vaccine as well as the COVID-19 situation in their respective states.
This will be the first interaction between the PM Modi and the CMs after the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) gave restricted, emergency-use approval to Oxford Astrazeneca’s vaccine ‘Covishield’, manufactured in India by Pune’s Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’.
Ahead of January 16 vaccination drive, three rounds of the dry run of the immunisation drive have so far been conducted across the country.
In the first phase, one crore healthcare workers and two crore frontline workers would be vaccinated and the Centre also plans to vaccinate 27 crore other persons who are at a greater risk of contracting the virus due to comorbidities.
According to IANS, PM-CARES Fund may be used to purchase the vaccines. The Centre had earlier allocated Rs 100 crore from the fund for vaccine development.
Co-WIN, an online platform for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine delivery has been developed which will be the foundation for the anti-coronavirus inoculation drive.