In a landmark move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a centralized vaccination campaign indicating that the Center will purchase 25% of COVID-19 vaccines that were to be made by states.
Addressing the nation, he said from June 21, all people over the age of 18 in all states will receive free vaccines through the Center.
“A decision was made today that 25% of the immunization work that was with the states, this responsibility will also be taken by the Center. It will be implemented within the next two weeks. The state and central government will work under the new guidelines within the next two weeks,” he said.
“From Monday, June 21, in every state in the country, for all citizens above the age of 18, the Indian government will provide a free vaccine. The Indian government will buy 75% of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it to state governments for free,” he added.
The prime minister said private hospitals will also be allowed to procure vaccines directly, as they do. A maximum service charge of Rs 150 can be levied from the MRP, he said.
“The task of monitoring this will remain with the state governments,” the prime minister said.
The government’s decision to centralize vaccination came at the request of several states. They said the Center should procure vaccines and provide them. The Center is already purchasing 50% of COVID-19 vaccines under the decentralized plan announced earlier.
The Prime Minister said that more than 23 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country and the supply of vaccines will increase in the coming days.
He said the country had two vaccines made in India.
“Today, more than 23 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the country… The vaccine supply will increase in the coming days. Seven companies in the country are producing different vaccines and three vaccine trials are in advanced stages. “, did he declare. .
Noting that vaccines protect people from the virus, he said there are fewer vaccine-producing countries compared to the demand for vaccines.
“Today, if we didn’t have vaccines made in India, what would have happened in a country as big as India?” He asked.
Noting that India is battling the second wave of the pandemic, he expressed his sympathy to the families who lost their loved ones to the virus.
“In the past 100 years, this is the most devastating crisis of all time. This pandemic has never been seen or experienced in the modern world. In such a global epidemic, our country has fought at many levels. From building COVID hospitals to increasing intensive care beds, from manufacturing ventilators to creating a large network of testing labs. To fight COVID over the past year and a half, new healthcare infrastructure has been created in the country,” he said.
“In the history of India, there has never been such a need for oxygen. To meet the demand, the work was done at the level of warfare, all the mechanisms of government were in play. The oxygen rail was launched, the Air Force and Navy were deployed. In a very short time, the production of liquid medical oxygen increased tenfold,” he said.
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