Thursday, July 29, 2021

PM Modi reviews progress of COVID-19 vaccination drive; Says steps need to be taken to bring down vaccine wastage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting yesterday to review the progress of India’s vaccination drive. During the meeting, officials gave a detailed presentation on various aspects of the vaccination drive.

The Prime Minister was briefed about the current availability of vaccines and the roadmap for ramping it up. Mr Modi was also apprised about the efforts undertaken to help various vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of vaccines. The Government of India is actively working with vaccine manufacturers and helping them in terms of facilitating more production units, financing and supply of raw materials.

Mr Modi reviewed the status of vaccination coverage in health-care workers as well as front-line workers. He also took stock of the vaccination coverage in the above 45 as well as 18-44 age group. The Prime Minister also reviewed the status of vaccine wastage in various states. He instructed that vaccine wastage numbers are still on the higher side and steps need to be taken to bring them down.

Officials also briefed the Prime Minister on various measures being taken on the tech front to make the process of vaccination more people friendly. Officials briefed Mr Modi on advance visibility being provided to states on vaccine availability. They also apprised the Prime Minister that states have been asked to pass on this information to district level so that there is no inconvenience to people.

Defence Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, Commerce & Industries Minister, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary and other important officials participated in the meeting.

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