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Centre, not states, will bear expenses for first-phase vaccination: Prime Minister Narendra Modi | India News

NEW DELHI: The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive will be paid for by the Central government, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. As many as 3 crore frontline workers are scheduled to be vaccinated in the first phase.
Interacting with the chief ministers of all states to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country, Prime Minister said, “Centre, not states, will bear expenses for first-phase vaccination of 3 crore corona-warriors, frontline workers.”
Public representatives are not part of the three-crore corona warriors and frontline workers to be vaccinated first, Modi said.
This is Modi’s first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two coronavirus vaccines for restricted emergency use by India’s drug regulator and the announcement of January 16 as the date for the rollout.
India’s drugs regulator has approved Oxford vaccine Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.
Referring to the two, PM Modi said that the two approved Covid-19 vaccines in India are more cost-effective than foreign vaccines and have been developed as per our needs.
The Prime Minister said that the country will try to achieve vaccination of 30 crore citizens in next few months in contrast to only 2.5 crore people who have been vaccinated globally.
The PM said India is working on four more Covid-19 vaccines in addition to the two that have already been approved, said id-19 situation.
On Saturday last week, Modi had reviewed the status of Covid-19 and vaccine preparedness across states and union territories at a high-level meeting where.
(With inputs from agencies)

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