PM Modi to meet CMs today over Covid-19 vaccine rollout


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet chief ministers of all states and Union territories virtually to discuss the rollout of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Monday.

The Prime Minister will also discuss the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the nation with the chief ministers at 4pm on Monday.

This will be PM Modi’s first meeting with the Chief Ministers after two vaccines – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Pune based-Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – were cleared for emergency use by the drug regulator DCGI last week.

On Saturday, hours after he held a high-level meeting with senior officials to review the Covid situation in the country, the Prime Minister tweeted: “On 16th January, India takes a landmark step forward in fighting COVID-19. Starting that day, India’s nation-wide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis.”

The government has also said that in the first phase of vaccination healthcare and frontline workers will be prioritised. State governments, panchayats and municipalities are being constantly trained to ensure last-mile delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. The government is also looking forward to procuring at least 50-60 million doses of vaccine as it targets to vaccinate 30 million people in the first phase.

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