New Delhi, Jan 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday chair a meeting with the chief ministers of all states regarding vaccination against the coronavirus that is expected to start later this month. The meeting will be held at 4 PM, sources said.
The meeting to discuss vaccine rollout comes days after the country’s drug regulator approved restricted emergency use of two vaccines against Covid – Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
Covishield – developed by Oxford University and being manufactured by Serum Institute – is over 70 percent effective. Covaxin is currently on phase 3 trials but is “safe and provides a robust immune response,” the drug regulator had said last week.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said that the vaccines could be made available as early as the “next few days”.
The government has ensured that every detail of the vaccination programme is conveyed to the people, he added.
The minister today reviewed the second national dry run to test the country’s vaccine delivery system before rollout.
“We can’t expect the administration to clear every lane and bye-lane. If we want to come out from our homes we will have to put in some effort and we are doing it.”