PM Modi calls for speedy access to Covid vaccines for citizens once ready

PM Modi, coronavirus vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India. Two of these  2 are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III. Indian Scientists and Research Teams are collaborating and strengthening research capacities in  Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. PM suggests a vaccine delivery system to be developed on the lines of conduct of elections, involving all levels of governments and citizen groups. There are further requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan for clinical trials in their countries. After reviewing Covid-19 situation and preparedness for delivery, distribution and administration of vaccines in the country on October 17 through a video conference, Modi said in India it had been observed that there has been a decline in the daily Covid cases and a steady increase in the number of recovery cases due to various measures taken to combat the dreaded virus. In an effort to help the global community, PM Modi has  said as part of the policy decision India should not limit its efforts only towards the immediate neighbourhood but should also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for the vaccine delivery system. National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 in consultation with State Governments and all relevant stakeholders presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration. The Expert Group in consultation with the States is working actively on vaccine prioritization and distribution of vaccines. The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure that access to the vaccine should be planned to keep in view the geographical span and diversity of the country. He stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration should be put in place rigorously.  Modi said that the experience of successfully conducting elections and disaster management even during the corona virus pandemic should be utilised in developing a robust vaccine delivery system in the country and cautioned against complacency due to a decline in daily active cases and urged for keeping up the efforts to contain the pandemic. He insisted on continued social distancing, Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks, regularly washing hands and maintaining standard sanitation and hygiene norms especially in the wake of upcoming festival season. India on a steady trajectory of ‘’sustained fall in Active Cases. The number of active cases below 8 lakh for the second day’’, claims the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare headed by Dr Harsh Vardhan Goyal. Twenty-two States/ and Union Territories have less than 20,000 active cases, the Ministry says in a statement.

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