Continuous efforts are being made to increase vaccine supply: PM Modi

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PM Narendra Modi (Image: Screengrab from video tweeted by @narendramodi)
PM Narendra Modi (Image: Screengrab from video tweeted by @narendramodi)

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured that the Central government is making continuous efforts to increase the supply of coronavirus vaccines in the nation. He also said efforts were on to provide states a 15-day advance schedule of vaccination to allow them to prepare.

"Vaccination is an effective means of fight Covid and we should together remove all misgivings about it. We are making relentless efforts to increase vaccine supply in a big way," PM Modi said, addressing officials from states and districts on managing COVID-19.

"The vaccine drive will also continue amid all this and you all must also ensure that there is no vaccine wastage. Vaccine wastage can be reduced to nil if we follow the best practices. Not just that you all are also the logistical heads of all these efforts, and your efforts in these areas must be flawless," he advised.

He also mentioned that the biggest weapon against coronavirus was aggressive testing, isolation of positive cases, stopping black marketing of essentials like oxygen and medical supplies.

He termed officials working to ensure safety of people and availability of medical supplies as 'field commanders'.

"In this battle, you have an important role. You are field commanders. This experience that you all are getting during the Corona pandemic will help you deal with many things in future too. It will help you all become better at managing such situations and hence your recorded feedback is also important," he said.

From May 1 onwards, the Centre had allowed states to directly buy coronavirus vaccines from the manufactures as the vaccination for all above 18 years started from the date.