New Delhi: While announcing the Union Budget 2021-22, Union Finance Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said Rs 35,000 crore have been allotted to the covid-19 vaccine expenditure under the budget. The finance minister also added that she is willing to provide more fund if required.
"I have provided Rs 35,000 crore for covid-19 vaccination in 2021-22; I am committed to providing more funds if required," she said.
"India now has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates of 112 per million population and one of the lowest active cases of about 130 per million. This has laid the foundation for the economic revival we see today," Sitharaman said in Parliament.
"Today India has two vaccines available and has begun safeguarding not only her own citizens against Covid-19 but also those of 100 or more countries. It has added comfort to know that 2 ore more vaccines are also expected soon, " she added.
India is currently conducting nationwide covid-19 vaccination programme. Total 37,58,843 vaccinations against Covid-19 have happened in India since it started Covid immunisation drive. The nationwide immunisation drive began across the country on January 16 after the approval of the two Covid vaccines.
Meanwhile, addressing the nation on his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is conducting world's largest vaccination drive and is vaccination citizens faster than anywhere in the world. He also recounted India's achievement of inoculating over 3 million people in just 13 days, the fastest in the world.
He said, “We are vaccinating our citizens faster than anywhere in the world. In just 15 days, India has vaccinated over 30 lakh corona warriors, whereas an advanced country such as America took 18 days to get the same done; Britain took 36 days.” “India is capable, self-reliant in the field of medicines, vaccines. The same thought underpins the Atmanirbhar Bharat Campaign. The more India is capable, the more will it serve humanity; correspondingly the world will benefit more,” PM Modi added.