Modi: High quality of vaccine essential

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 4

With two Covid vaccines licensed for use in India, the Centre is aiming to inoculate 70 per cent of the population to achieve the levels of herd immunity needed to stall the march of the pandemic.

National experts say covering 70 per cent people will be essential to reach immunity levels that will allow normal activities to resume.

With Bharat Biotech today saying it had 20 million doses ready and was aiming to reach 700 million dose capacity in 2021 and Serum Institute ready with 50 million doses, VK Paul, Chairman of India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force today said enough stockpiles existed to vaccinate the first 30 crore people who had been enlisted in the priority groups.

Paul’s statement came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the world’s largest vaccination programme was set to begin in India. “The world’s largest Covid vaccination programme is all set to begin in India,” the PM said at National Metrology Conclave. “Quality is as important as quantity and our standards must rise,” he said.

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