Uddhav Thackeray praises PM Modi for centralising vaccine procurement

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CM Uddhav Thackeray (Image tweeted by @ANI)
CM Uddhav Thackeray (Image tweeted by @ANI)

Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray praised PM Narendra Modi's decision to take control on purchase of the coronavirus vaccine and distribute it among the states for free of cost. He hoped that the people of India will soon get vaccinated with the move.

"We'd require 12 crore doses to inoculate 6 crore people twice, in 18-44 years group. We tried but couldn't do it as there wasn't adequate & steady supply. Thankful to PM Narendra Modi for centralising vaccine procurement; I hope everyone in India is vaccinated soon," CM Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday.

PM Narendra Modi on Monday evening announced that the 75% of the total production of coronavirus vaccine will be procured by the government and give it free of cost to the state governments and will also bear the responsibility of 25 per cent of the work related to vaccination with the states.

“This arrangement will be implemented in the coming two weeks. In these two weeks, the central and state governments will together make necessary preparations according to the new guidelines,” PM Modi said.

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He also announced capping on the service charge by the private hospitals and free ration to poor people till Diwali.

"Private hospitals can only charge Rs 150 as service charge on vaccines," he said.

"The government has decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Diwali. 80 crore poor will be provided free ration, under the scheme," he added.