New Delhi: The coronavirus vaccine will be available in India very soon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also revealed in the all-party meeting that the country will get the coronavirus vaccine in the next few weeks. Now sources are saying that the coronavirus vaccine will be given first to one crore health workers in both the public and private sectors and then about two crore front-line workers will get vaccinated.
The Union Health Ministry revealed this in its presentation at the all-party meeting. The meeting was presented by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The ministry said in its presentation that the COVID-19 vaccine would be given first to about one crore health workers, including doctors and nurses. Subsequently, it will be vaccinated to about two crore front-line workers such as police, armed forces personnel, municipal workers and others.
Floor leaders of all the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha parties were invited to attend the video conference meeting starting at 10:30 am. Sources said 13 leaders of major political parties and more than five MPs attended the meeting.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the meeting on behalf of the Congress. Sources quoting TMC's Sudeep Bandyopadhyay, NCP's Sharad Pawar, TRS's Nama Nageswara Rao and Shiv Sena's Vinayak Raut were also present during the meeting.
This was the second all-party meeting by the government to discuss the COVID-19 situation since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan were present in the meeting.
Apart from them, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister of State in the same ministry Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muralitharan were part of the meeting. Bhushan gave information about the fight against epidemic so far by the Indian government.
The meeting also holds significance as it was organized by Prime Minister Modi to review the Corona Virus vaccine development work after the visits of pharmaceutical companies in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune.