After several states including West Bengal Kerala and Mizoram expressed inability to procure the vaccines of COVID-19, in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a centralised Covid-19 vaccine policy.
“Twenty-five per cent of the 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,” Prime Minister Modi announced.
Currently, the Centre is providing for the vaccinations of those above 45-year-old free of cost, while the states have to purchase the same meant for those above 18-year-old from the Serum Institute of India that produces Covishield and Bharat Biotech that produces Covaxin, the two Indian manufacturer of vaccines for corona virus.
Last week, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday moved Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking free vaccination from the Centre sighting “stressed economic resources” due to lockdowns last year and current year.
Prime Minister Modi also announced that from June 21, all citizens above the age of 18 years will get free vaccines. The Prime Minister also assured the nation that supply of vaccines will increase in the coming days. “Work on producing an intranasal vaccine for Covid is also happening,” he said.
PM Modi had addressed the nation on Monday at 5 pm.
The Prime Minister’s address to the nation comes on a day when India reported 1,00,636 new Covid-19 cases and 2,427 deaths, the lowest in 61 days. Part of it has to do with low testing on Sunday. Only 15.87 lakh samples were tested on Sunday, compared to an average of more than 20 lakh in the last week.