Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India had fought the Coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts with all its might.
“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,” he said.
He said that the vaccine supply will increase in the coming days, adding that seven companies are working on developing vaccines and three trials are underway.
Modi added that research is being conducted for a nasal vaccine in the country, which if successful can significantly boost India's vaccination drive.
He also announced a centralized vaccine drive, as per which, all vaccines will be procured by the Central government and given to states for free.
"25 percent of vaccination work with states will now be handled by the Centre, it will be implemented in the coming two weeks. Both State and Centre to work as per new guidelines in the coming two weeks. From June 21 June, free vaccine for people above 18 years," he said.
The Prime Minister added that private hospitals can continue to procure 25 percent of vaccines, but their service charge will be capped at Rs 150 per dose over fixed price of the vaccine.
Modi asserted that efforts are being made on a war-footing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at various levels and production of essential medicines was ramped up.
(With inputs from Agencies)
(Edited by: By Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST