PM Modi to chair a meeting with covid-19 vaccine manufacturers today
Prime Minister Modi called the meeting to discuss a plan for the next phase of vaccination that is scheduled to begin from May 1 in which everyone above 18 years is eligible to take the jab.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the vaccine manufacturers on Tuesday evening through video conferencing. The meeting comes a day after the Centre announced that the vaccination for all will be allowed from May 1.
According to reports, representatives of top drug makers from India and abroad, including companies whose vaccines are being administered by the government will attend the meeting.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is likely to make a presentation and also coordinate with all the participants of the meeting.
Reportedly, Prime Minister Modi called the meeting to discuss a plan for the next phase of vaccination that is scheduled to begin from May 1 in which everyone above 18 years is eligible to take the jab. As per the present guidelines, only people above the age of 45 are allowed to be administered the vaccine jabs.
Till now, Indian drug regulators have approved two vaccines, 'Covidshield' manufactured by Serum Institute in India (SII) and 'Covaxin' by Bharat Biotech, for use in the country.
Drug regulators also approved Russian's 'Sputnik V' as the third vaccine marketed in the country by Dr Reddy's Laboratories. Other vaccines manufactured by global giants are also expected to be allowed in the country.
On Monday during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi, an important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from May 1 was taken.
Meanwhile, India has reported 2,59,170 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a slight decline against the previous day's tally of 2,73,810 which was the highest single-day spike ever. A total of 1,761 people died of Covid in the last 24 hours, taking the country's death toll to 1,80,530 so far. The daily active cases tally in the country currently stands at 20,31,977.