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Frontline workers, elderly who will be vaccinated first: PM Modi at a meeting of all parties

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that frontline and healthcare workers and the elderly suffering from serious illnesses will be inoculated with priority when the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine becomes available. The prime minister said that, during an all-party meeting to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country, he said that the Center was in talks with state governments about the price of the vaccine and that the decision on the matter would be made. keeping public health top priority.

“Experts believe that a Covid vaccine will be ready in the next few weeks. As soon as scientists give a green signal, vaccination will begin in India. Frontline and healthcare workers and the elderly suffering from serious illnesses will have priority in vaccination, ”Prime Minister Modi said during the meeting. “Central and state government teams are working together to distribute vaccines. India has the experience and capacity in vaccine distribution and is doing better compared to other nations. We have a very large and experienced network in the field of vaccination. We will make the most of it, ”Prime Minister Modi said.

Also the world was keeping a close eye on the cheapest and safest vaccine against coronavirus disease and is looking at India. “Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their effort to manufacture the Covid vaccine. The world watches the cheapest and safest vaccine. That is why the world is looking at India, ”Modi said.

In addition, he urged all leaders to submit their suggestions in writing and assured that they would be seriously considered. This was the second meeting of all parties called by the Prime Minister to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the outbreak.

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Modi had visited Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Pune last week to review vaccine development work at Zydus Biotech Park, Bharat Biotech, and the Serum Institute of India (SII) respectively.

India’s Covid-19 count on Friday surpassed 9.5 million after 36,595 new cases and 540 deaths were added in the past 24 hours. The count now includes 416,082 active cases, more than 9 million recoveries and 139,188 deaths, according to the Union Ministry of Health dashboard.



Hindustan Times

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