Prime Minister Narendra Modi has informed that Covid-19 vaccines will be ready soon and vaccination will begin once the scientists approve it. The PM made these statements while presiding over an all-party virtual conference on Friday.
“Experts believe that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available in the next few weeks. As soon as scientists give the green flag, immunisation will begin in India,” Modi said. He added that based on discussions between the state governments and the Centre, a decision has been made as to who will be vaccinated first.
“Healthcare workers, frontline workers and the elderly with serious illness will be administered the vaccine first,” Modi said. The PM also informed that when it comes to vaccine distribution, teams from central and state governments are working together.
“The country has vaccine distribution expertise, the capacity, and in comparison to other countries, we are much better as we have a better vaccinating network,” the PM said. He added that the distribution and administration of the Covid-19 have been handed over to a national experts group.
Currently, three vaccines are under trial at different stages in the country, Modi informed the parties during the meet. When it came to the cost of the vaccine, Modi said, “The Centre is still in talks with state governments over the cost of the vaccines and the decision for this will be taken keeping the health of the public as the top priority.”
Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted out that ahead of the all-party meet, he is hoping that Modi will be able to give clarity as to when the entire country will receive the free Covid-19 vaccine.