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Vaccination campaign against Covid-19 after approval of scientists: PM Modi | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that experts believe the wait for a Covid-19 vaccine will not be long and could be ready in a few weeks, stating that the vaccination campaign in India will begin as soon as scientists give the head.
In his comments here at a virtually all-party meeting, he said that healthcare workers involved in treating Covid-19 patients, frontline workers, which include police and municipal staff, and seniors who suffering from serious conditions would be vaccinated with priority.
Noting that there have been questions about the price of the Covid-19 vaccine, the prime minister said that it is natural to have such questions and stated that public health will have the highest priority in the matter and states will be fully involved.
In his closing speech at the meeting called by the Union government to discuss the pandemic situation, Modi tried to address the hottest aspects of the problem, ranging from the preparation of the Indian vaccine to its price, and reiterated that the country has done better than even some developed countries. countries and those with better health infrastructure to cope with the pandemic.
This is the second meeting of all parties called by the government to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Modi said that nearly eight vaccine candidates are in different stages of testing with their manufacturing secured in India, adding that three from India are also in different stages of testing.
Speaking about their interaction with the Indian scientists involved in the development of the vaccine and their visit to the facilities in Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad where work is being done in this regard, Modi said they are very confident of success.
His level of confidence is very strong, he said, adding that you can talk about several vaccines from different countries, but the world is waiting to have a vaccine that is cheap and also safer.
So, he said, it’s only natural that the world is looking to India, a global hub for mass manufacturing of different vaccines at a very affordable cost.
From the time of fear and apprehension in February and March, when India reported its first cases of Covid, to this atmosphere of “hope and trust” in December, India has come a long way, he said.
“India is one of the few countries where the test and recovery rates are very high and the death rate is very low. Compared to developed countries, India has fought Covid much better and managed to save many lives,” he said Modi. . On a note of caution, the prime minister referred to a further increase in Covid cases in some countries and said that no one knows what form the future will take as he called for adherence to “proven weapons” such as wearing masks and keeping social distancing to keep the virus at bay.
At a time when the country is on the verge of having a vaccine, any oversight can be detrimental, he said, underscoring the need for public participation and cooperation to curb the pandemic.
Modi also urged political parties to keep the masses aware and protect them from rumors which, he added, are often spread when there is a mass vaccination exercise.
The Center is working closely with states for vaccine distribution, he said, adding that India is better than many countries when it comes to experience and program capacity.
India has also prepared a software, Co-WiN, that will have real-time information on the vaccination campaign, including the vaccine stock available, he said, adding that a “National Group of Experts”, which has representation from the Union and state governments will lead such an exercise.
The floor leaders of various parties in Parliament, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Ghulam Nabi Azad from Congress, Sharad Pawar from the NCP, Sudip Bandyopadhyay from TMC and Ram Gopal Yadav from the SP were among those who attended the meeting.
Also present were Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Pralhad Joshi and Harsh Vardhan.

Times of India