Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said that the central government will bear the expenses of vaccinating nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase, suggested that public representatives, a reference to politicians, should not be part of this initial exercise.
Describing India’s Covid vaccination drive as the world’s biggest vaccination exercise, which will kick start from January 16. PM Modi said over 30 crore citizens will get the jabs in the next few months in India against only 2.5 crore people vaccinated so far in over 50 countries in around a month.
At the meeting held over video conference to discuss the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination roll-out, the Prime Minister said the two made-in-India vaccines—Covishield and Covaxin— are more cost-effective than any other in the world and have been developed as per the country’s needs. He also said that four other vaccines are in the pipeline.