At a time when COVID-19 cases continue to rise with each passing day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that all Indians will be vaccinated once the coronavirus vaccine is available. PM Modi said no one will be left behind when the vaccine for COVID-19 is made available.
The prime minister also said that a national expert group has been created to manage vaccine administration and chart the path.
In an interview with a media house, PM Modi said, “I would like to assure the nation that, as and when a vaccine becomes available, everyone will be vaccinated. No one will be left behind.”
He added, “Of course, initially we may focus on protecting the most vulnerable and the frontline workers. A National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 has been constituted to chart the way forward.”
28,000 cold chain points to store, distribute vaccine
Speaking on the massive exercise of taking the coronavirus vaccine to the entire population of India, Narendra Modi said, “On logistics, more than 28,000 cold chain points will store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to ensure they reach the last point. Dedicated teams at state, district and local levels will see to it that vaccine distribution and administration is done in a systematic and accountable manner.”
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi added that coronavirus vaccine is still a work in progress and trials are on. PM Modi also said that experts will guide the administration on how to approach the distribution of coronavirus vaccine among citizens.
Globally, around 150 coronavirus vaccines are at different stages of clinical trials. In India, two indigenous COVID-19 vaccines are undergoing clinical trials, including Covaxin which is being developed by Bharat Biotech and another by Zydus Cadila. India is also conducting clinical trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
India’s COVID tally crosses 80 lakh
Meanwhile, the health ministry on Thursday informed that 49,881 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 80.40 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.
1.20 lakh deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 517 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 1,20,527.
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.
73.15 lakh patients recovered
Of the 80.40 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.03 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is above 7 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 73.15 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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