Modi reviews Covid-19 vaccine delivery plan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired a meeting to review India’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy in which issues like prioritisation of population groups, including health and other frontline workers, and tech platform for rolling out the vaccine were discussed.

According to an official release, the PM appreciated the efforts of innovators, scientists, academicians and pharma-companies in their efforts to develop vaccines and has directed that every effort should be made to facilitate the research, development and manufacturing of the vaccine.

Five vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which 4 are in Phase II/III and one is in Phase-I/II. Countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar, Bhutan, Switzerland, Bahrain, Austria and South Korea – have shown keen interest in partnering for vaccine development of Indian vaccines and use thereof.

In an effort to administer the vaccine at the first available opportunity, database of healthcare and frontline workers, augmentation of cold chains and procurement of syringes, needles, etc. are in advanced stages of preparation.

 

NT Bureau