PM Modi Announces Free Covid Vaccines For 18+ From June 21

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced centralized vaccination drive on Monday. All the vaccines shall be procured by Government of India and to be given to states for free.

It has been decided that 25% of vaccination work being done by states shall be handled by Central government. This system shall be implemented in the next two weeks. Private hospitals can only charge Rs 150 as service charge on vaccines, said PM Modi.

Government has also decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Diwali. 80 crore poor will be provided free ration, under the scheme, added PM.

This is the deadliest pandemic in the past 100 years. The modern world has not seen such a pandemic. Our country has fought this pandemic at many levels, added PM.

New health infrastructure has been developed in the 1.5 years with COVID 19 hospitals, ventilators beds, to preparing a network of testing labs. During the 2nd wave in April-May, demand for medical oxygen has increased at an unprecedented rate.

In the last one year, India launched two made-in-India vaccines . Today more than 23 crore vaccine doses administered. Vaccine supply will be increasing in the coming days. Seven companies in the country are producing different vaccines, three vaccine trials at advanced stage, added PM Modi.

In order to increase vaccine availability, the process of procuring vaccines from abroad has been sped up. Experts have also expressed concerns about children. In this direction, the trial of two vaccines is underway. Research is being conducted for a nasal vaccine in the country, further added PM Modi.


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