Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that all above the age of 18 will be provided with a free coronavirus vaccine from June 21st under the government’s supervision.
PM Modi made a statement that “The Government of India itself will buy 75% of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it free to the state governments,”.
Modi Ji said that during January to April mid the vaccine program was all under the government supervision only and the government was progressing with their plan of free vaccination wherein a lot of Vaccine politics came into the picture. States started to offer the suggestions like decentralizing the vaccination decisions.
However, the government has decided to implement these vaccinations within some serious guidelines under which the Government of India will also bear the responsibility of 25% of the work related to vaccination with the states. This arrangement will be implemented in the coming 2 weeks. The Central and state governments will work for hand in hand to avoid any kind of gaps in this regard.
Modi mentioned that private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 percent of vaccines. But point to be noted here is that their service charge would be capped at Rs 150 per dose over the fixed price of the vaccine.
Modi also made an important announcement that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana had been extended till Diwali to ensure free ration to 80 crore people amid the pandemic.
Modi also made emphasis on the R&D area saying research is continuing on a nasal spray vaccine which if successful can significantly boost India’s vaccination drive.