PM Narendra Modi to meet CMs today, discuss vaccine rollout
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet the Chief Ministers of India today to discuss the coronavirus vaccine rollout, which begins in the nation from Saturday. This happens to be PM’s first meeting with the Chief Ministers after two vaccines - Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Pune based-Serum Institute of India's Covishield - were cleared for emergency use.
After concluding a meeting with senior officials over coronavirus situation in India, PM Modi tweeted: "On 16th January, India takes a landmark step forward in fighting COVID-19. Starting that day, India's nation-wide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis."
To ensure full preparedness, the government has done three dry runs, including two countrywide dry runs. CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network) app will be used by the centre to manage the massive vaccination drive.
CoWIN will be monitoring the distribution of the vaccine with priority to 1 crore healthcare workers and 2 crore frontline workers, like policemen and ITBP personnel. The government has decided to give vaccine to 27 crore people of India above 50 years of age.
So far, India has registered over 1.04 crore cases of coronavirus officially; more than 1 crore people have already recovered; 1.5 lakh people have died.