Don’t let speed of Covid-19 vaccination come down, says PM Modi
About 31% of the eligible population over the age of 45 has been given at least one dose of the vaccine
Undertaking a comprehensive review of the Covid-19 situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday stressed the need to ensure that the speed of vaccination does not come down.
Reviewing the status of vaccination and taking stock of the roadmap to ramp up production of vaccines over the next few months, Prime Minister Modi talked about the need to sensitize states on this. He also said that citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), he was informed that around 17.7 crore (177 million) vaccine doses had been supplied to the states. During the meeting, the PM also reviewed the state wise trends on vaccine wastage. He was informed that around 31% of the eligible population over the age of 45 has been given at least one dose.
Prime Minister Modi was also briefed about the availability of medicines, including the rapid augmenting of production of medicines like anti-viral drug Remdesivir.
During the review, senior officials presented a detailed picture on the current Covid-19 outbreak. The Prime Minister was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases; he was also apprised about the districts with a high disease burden.
Discussing the ramping up of healthcare infrastructure, PM Modi directed that states should be given help & guidance about leading indicators to achieve the objective.
The meeting also discussed the need to ensure “quick & holistic containment measures”. The Prime Minister noted that an advisory had been sent to the states to identify districts of concern, where Case Positivity is 10% or more & Bed Occupancy is more than 60% on either oxygen supported or ICU beds.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya, other ministers and top officials were present in the meeting.