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‘Grounds for free vaccination began before Supreme Court observations’ | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave authorization in principle to the centralized free vaccination plan announced on Monday after it was presented with a presentation on June 1.
The plan was part of a review after a month of states and private hospitals being able to purchase 25% of national vaccine production each when it became clear that vaccine delivery had slowed dramatically.
Government sources said the prime minister’s assent and groundwork began prior to the June 3 Supreme Court observations and sought to refute congressional assertion that the change in vaccine policy was triggered by critical remarks by the cut.
Speaking about the new policy, sources said that the private sector is an important force multiplier and partner in the fight against Covid and will play an important role in the vaccination campaign as states will be asked to add hospitals. who want to be part of the campaign. .
The guidelines to be framed for implementing changes to national vaccine policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will reflect efforts to ensure wider access to anti-Covid injections and enhance private sector engagement.
Official sources indicated that the supplies of vaccines contracted by private hospitals and state governments will be fulfilled under the 50 + 25 + 25 scheme that has been in force since May 1. Thereafter, the government will step in to help ensure that supplies for the private sector are better distributed and help increase India’s vaccination campaign.
Government data shows that 53 million rupees will be available for use until July and an estimated 133 million rupees will be raised from August to December. As of now, about 6.6 million rupees have been purchased from the PM Cares fund and 28 million rupees from the national budget. The current estimate of 187 million shots is for the entire year. Sputnik production and availability has increased according to current estimates. The figure is less than the estimated 2 billion shots fired earlier, but officials said some test products, including those from phase 3, had been excluded.
The government also maintained that the pace of the vaccination campaign in terms of sessions held and vaccines administered will be related to the availability of the vaccine. It was argued that calculating a monthly average may not be accurate as the number of sessions will increase with availability and will also depend on how states improve access and carry out effective campaigns against vaccine vacillation.
Officials said the policy had been altered due to demands from state governments, but the situation changed once it became clear that supplies were not readily available.

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