The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday told the representatives of the major political parties that the government intends to vaccinate nearly one crore health workers in the country first, whenever a vaccine is made available for COVID-19.
It will be followed by the vaccination of nearly 2 crore frontline workers including police, civic workers and those rendering essential services. After the frontline workers are vaccinated, the government will start vaccination of the elderly population, estimated to be around 27 crore.
These details were revealed by the health ministry during the all-party meeting held on Friday headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notably, representatives from major political parties including the Congress, TMC, DMK and NCP attended the virtual meeting. The meeting was called to discuss India’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccination and the current situation of the pandemic.
What did PM Modi say?
Meanwhile, the prime minister during the meeting said, “Experts expect that the vaccine will be ready within the next few weeks itself. Once scientists approve it, the nation-wide vaccination drive will be started in India. Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making the COVID-19 vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest and safe vaccine.”
He said India’s vaccination programme will be rolled as soon as the scientists give a go-ahead.
The PM added, “The vaccine distribution and administration is given to a national experts group. Advice will be taken from them on a comprehensive and real-time manner. India has the facilities needed to manufacture the vaccine on a large scale. In fact, our preparation is better than most others.”
Notably, PM Modi had visited various vaccine manufacturing centres last week for reviewing the vaccine development and manufacturing process.
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 95.71 lakh
The health ministry on Friday informed that 36,595 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 95.71 lakh.
So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.
Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.
1.39 lakh deaths due to COVID-19
Also, 540 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,39,188.
Previously, the death toll had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.
Similarly, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.
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