PM to meet CMs on Monday over Covid vaccine rollout

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the event to mark National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha at Belagavi, Karnataka via Video Conference, in New Delhi on January 12, 2018.

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) With the Covid-19 vaccination drive expected to commence next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to chair a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all the states. The meeting is likely to be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, said sources.

In the meeting, the Prime Minister is expected to discuss the detailed plans to roll Covid vaccines in all the states, following the Drug Controller General India’s (DCGI) approval for the restricted emergency use of two vaccines Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

The information comes on a day when Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced that the government is in the process of ensuring vaccination for all and the drive will start soon.

On January 3, two intramuscular vaccines – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India – were approved for restricted emergency use. Both are two-dose vaccines.

Covishield is over 70 per cent effective, while Covaxin is currently in the Phase 3 trials but is “safe and provides a robust immune response”, the drug regulator had said last week.

While the full efficacy of Covaxin is yet to be determined, it was given go-ahead by the DCGI citing ‘public interest’. Covaxin is an indigenously developed vaccine by Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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