Headlines December 5, 2020
PM Modi holds all party meet to discuss Covid vaccine
Frontline healthcare workers, elderly people and those suffering life-threatening symptoms and diseases will be among the first to get the Covid vaccine. This was said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an all-party meeting called to discuss the coronavirus situation in India.
“Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making COVID-19 vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest and safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India. The first people to get the Covid vaccine will be frontline healthcare workers, elderly people and those suffering life-threatening symptoms and diseases, said PM Modi. Leaders from 12 major political parties were present at the meeting.
PM Modi said that the country has the necessary infrastructure to make the vaccine on a large scale. “The vaccine distribution and administration is given to a national experts group. Advice will be taken from them on a comprehensive and real-time manner. India has the facilities needed to manufacture the vaccine at a large scale. In fact, our preparation is better than most others,” he said. This is the second meeting called by the government on this issue.
The PM said that the Centre is in talks with state governments over the price of vaccine and decision regarding it will be taken keeping public health as topmost priority.
About 12 leaders from prominent political parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and NCP were present at the meeting.
Apart from PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan were also present.
While India has logged the second-highest number of cases in the world after the United States, it is one of the countries with the lowest deaths per million population globally.
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