On 7th June, Wednesday at 5:00 PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the Nation announced his decision Centralised Vaccination Drive from 21st June onwards. The vaccines will be delivered free of cost after 21st June to states for the 18+ age group.
Centre will buy vaccines directly from Vaccine manufacturers. 75% of vaccine doses produced by manufacturers will be bought by the Centre and the Private hospitals will be able to buy 25% of the vaccine doses from the manufacturers directly. The Centre has also capped the cost of vaccines charged by private hospitals at 150 rupees.
“A decision has been taken today that 25% of vaccination work with states will now be handled by the Centre, it will be implemented in the coming two weeks. Both State and Central governments will work as per new guidelines in the coming two weeks.” PM Narendra Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi also added that the decision regarding Centralisation of the Vaccination Drive came due to demands from state governments to the center to procure and supply vaccines to the states. The Centre had already been procuring 50% of the vaccines as per the decentralisation vaccination plan announced previously. Therefore from 21st June only the Centre will be able to procure these vaccines.
“In the last one year, India launched two made-in-India vaccines. Today more than 23 crore vaccine doses are administered. 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” PM Modi added.
PM Modi also pointed out that there is a lack of Vaccine Manufacturers around the World and India is able to Vaccinate more and more people because of the Indian made vaccines.
“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. There are very few vaccine manufacturers in the world compared to its demand. Imagine what would have happened in India if we didn’t have vaccines. If you look at the history of the last 50-60 years, you will know that it used to take decades for India to get vaccines from abroad” he said.
PM Narendra Modi’s decision was acknowledged by several State Chief ministers and political leaders across the country.
“I express my gratitude towards the PM for announcing universal vaccination for all to be carried out by the Government of India and also for extending Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November” said Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Sing.
“The PM has ensured that States will get vaccines & youngsters will get vaccinated at a fast pace. There’s now no point in floating global tenders for procurement of vaccines as our requirements have to be met by the Government of India” said Karnataka Dy CM Dr. Ashwathnarayan.
“We thank PM Modi for this important announcement of universal vaccination for all to be carried out by the Government of India. IMA is constantly and proactively supporting the vaccination drive initiated by the Prime Minister” said Dr JA Jayalal, President, IMA.