Two made in India vaccines are cost-effective, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India is entering into a decisive phase of fight against COVID-19, with the start of world’s biggest vaccination drive from 16th of this month. The Prime Minister was interacting with the Chief Ministers of all States last evening. Mr Modi took stock of COVID-19 situation and discussed vaccination roll out programme.
The Prime Minister said, vaccination for COVID-19 has been going on in about 50 countries since past three to four weeks, and till now, only about 2.5 crore people have received vaccination. He said, India aims to achieve vaccination for 30 crore people in the next few months.
Mr Modi said, two vaccines Covishield and Covaxin, which are made in India, have been granted approval for emergency use. He said, both the vaccines are cost-effective. Apart from these two vaccines, four others are in the pipeline.
The Prime Minister said, in the First Phase, the vaccine will be given to the health workers and other frontline workers. The total number of such personnel is around three crore. The Prime Minister announced that State governments will not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating these three crore people in the first stage. He said, in the First Phase, the cost of vaccination for these three crore people will be borne by Central Government.