India to begin Covid vaccination drive from January 16
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 9, 2021 4: 49: 45 pm
PM Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination. (Representational Image)
India is all set to kick off the vaccination drive against Covid-19 on January 16, 2021, the central government notified in a press release on Saturday.
The rollout of Covid vaccine will provide priority to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 crore, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore.
The government has scheduled to start the drive just after the forthcoming festivals such as Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, among others.
Ahead of the drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review status of COVID-19 in the country along with preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Health Secretary, and other senior officials.
India’s drugs regulator recently approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and the indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country. The country has also conducted two dry runs of the vaccines to understand the best way to administer them and plug loopholes in logistics and training.
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