coronavirus update indiaas on : 20 October 2020 05:22 GMT+5:30
PM Modi Reviews COVID Vaccine Delivery Plan, Assures "Speedy Access" When Ready
The Prime Minister concluded by cautioning against complacency at the decline and keeping up efforts to contain the pandemic
PM Modi Reviews COVID Vaccine Delivery Plan, Says "Speedy Access" When Ready
New Delhi: On Saturday PM Modi reviewed the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country and the preparedness of the vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration.
The meeting was attended by the Union Health Minister, Shri Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to PM, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, Principal Scientific Advisor, senior scientists, officers of PMO, and other departments of Government of India.
Also, the Prime Minister noted the steady decline in the daily coronavirus cases and growth rate over the past three weeks.
The three vaccines are in the advanced stages of the development in India, out of which 2 are in phase 2 and one is in phase 3. The Indian Scientist and Research Team are collaborating and strengthening the research capacities in the neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister further in an effort to help the global community-directed that we should not limit our efforts to our immediate neighborhood but also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines.
This is the second such meeting the PM has led in the past 48 hours and comes after the Health Ministry reported an "unprecedented" achievement this morning - that active Covid cases in the country dropped below eight lakh for the first time in 46 days.
PM Modi today at the meeting also appealed to people to ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times when in public and asked that restraint be maintained, particularly during the forthcoming festival season.
Further, the PM has cautioned against complacency as the number of cases in India begin to decline and asked everyone concerned to keep up theur efforts to contain the pandemic.
"The Prime Minister further directed that keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country, the access to the vaccine should be ensured speedily. The Prime Minister stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration should be put in place rigorously. It must include advanced planning of cold storage chains, distribution network, monitoring mechanism, advance assessment, and preparation of ancillary equipment required, such as vails, syringes, etc," said Prime Minister's Office in an official statement.
"He further directed that we should make use of experience of successful conduct of elections and disaster management in the country. The Prime Minister said that in a similar manner vaccine delivery and administration systems should be put in place. This should involve the participation of States / UTs / District Level functionaries, civil society organizations, volunteers, citizens, and experts from all necessary domains. The entire process should have a strong IT backbone and the system should be designed in such a manner so as to have a lasting value to our healthcare system," PMO added.