COVID vaccine will be available in coming few weeks: PM Modi
By TIOL News Service
NEW DELHI, DEC 05, 2020: PRIME Minister Mr Narendra Modi said that Indian scientists are confident of succeeding in developing a COVID-19 vaccine and it should be available within the coming weeks after experts give the nod.
Addressing an All Party Meeting with the floor leaders of all political parties in the parliament on Friday to discuss the COVID vaccination strategy, Modi said that the government is developing a comprehensive vaccination strategy.
"The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest and safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India," he said.
Sharing details of his visit to pharmaceutical companies in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the vaccine's development, the PM said India is developing eight potential vaccines - three are indigenous. They are in different stages of trial and will be manufactured in India.
Mr Modi said the vaccination campaign will kickstart in India as soon as experts approve.In an effort to administer the vaccine in an efficient, smooth and transparent manner, a database of healthcare and frontline workers, the augmentation of cold chains and the procurement of syringes and needles are in advanced stages of preparation.
As for the pricing, the PM said the Central government is in talks with the states and any decision will be taken "keeping public health as topmost priority."
A National Expert Group that includes technical experts and officials of both the Centre and state governments, has been constituted to shoulder the responsibility of the campaign related to the vaccine.
The PM also appealed to the citizens to be constantly alert and not let their guard downfollowing the preventive measures against the virus.
Around 12 leaders from prominent political parties were at the meeting. They assuredMr PM of their full support to ensure efficient and speedy vaccination.