India is all set to kick off the COVID vaccination drive in opposition to COVID-19; on January 16, 2021, the central authorities notified in a press launch on Saturday.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will present precedence to the healthcare employees; and the frontline employees who’re estimated to be round three crore, adopted by these above; 50 years of age and the under-50 inhabitants teams with co-morbidities numbering round 27 crore.

The federal government has scheduled to begin the COVID vaccination drive; simply after the forthcoming festivals reminiscent of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, amongst others.

Giving the data, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “On 16th January, India takes a landmark step ahead in preventing COVID-19. Beginning that day, India’s nation-wide COVID vaccination drive begins. Precedence can be given to our courageous medical doctors, healthcare employees, and frontline employees together with Safai Karamcharis.”

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On Saturday, PM Modi chaired a high-level assembly to assessment the standing of COVID-19; within the nation together with the preparedness of the states and UTs for COVID Vaccination. The assembly was attended by Cupboard Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Well being Secretary, and different senior officers.

Throughout his 16thPravasi Bharatiya Diwas tackle earlier right this moment, PM Modi stated India is prepared with two vaccines for the safety of humanity and the world shouldn’t be solely ready for them but additionally watching how the nation runs the globe’s greatest vaccination programme.

India’s medication regulator not too long ago accredited; Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and the indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech; for restricted emergency use within the nation. Two dry runs of the vaccines have additionally been performed throughout the nation to know the easiest way to manage them and plug loopholes in logistics and coaching.

Modi lauded India’s combat in opposition to COVID-19 and; stated we’re among the many international locations with the bottom fatality fee and the very best restoration fee. He additionally stated the best way the nation stood collectively throughout the pandemic was unparalleled.