New Delhi, January 10
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced highlights of his government’s plan to rollout vaccines for the coronavirus.
In a televised address after he met chief ministers to discuss vaccine plans, Modi said two vaccinations that were manufactured locally had already been approved for emergency use, and that four others would be eventually rolled out as well.
The two that were approved, he claimed, were cost effective and were more suited to India’s needs.
“Our scientists, medical experts have taken all precautions to provide our citizens with effective vaccines,” he said in his address.
His government, he said, aims at vaccinating 3 crore people in the initial stages of rollout that begins on January 16. The people to be vaccinated first are what his government refers to as “corona warriors”—frontline workers, including health workers.
However, public representatives will not come under this category, he said.
The central government will bear the costs of the first phase of vaccinating frontline workers, he said.
He claimed that vaccination process has been slow globally—only about 2.5 crore people have been inoculated so far. His government would gradually vaccinate larger groups of people in the next few months, he said.
“We aim to vaccinate 30 crore citizens in next few months,” he said.