Modi reviews progress in COVID-19 vaccination, says important to carry momentum forward
New Delhi, June 26, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed satisfaction at the increasing pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in the last week and underlined the importance of carrying the momentum forward.
Chairing a meeting with top officials to review the progress of vaccination and the COVID situation in the country, he directed officers to work with the states to ensure that the pace of testing did not go down.
Testing remained a very important weapon to track and contain rising infections in any region, he said.
The officials made a detailed presentation to the Prime Minister on the progress of vaccination in the country. He was briefed about the age- wise vaccination coverage. He was also briefed about the vaccine coverage among healthcare workers, frontline workers and general population in various states.
The officials apprised Modi about the vaccine supply in the coming months and efforts being made to increase production.
He was informed that 3.77 crore doses had been administered in the last six days which is more than the entire population of countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Canada. It was also discussed that 128 districts in the country have vaccinated more than 50% of the 45+ population and 16 districts have vaccinated more than 90% of the 45+ population.
The officials said they were in touch with state governments to explore and implement innovative methods to reach people for vaccination.
In this regard, Modi spoke about the need to involve NGOs and other organisations in such efforts.
Officers also apprised the Prime Minister about the rising interest in the Cowin platform globally. He said that efforts should be made to help all countries, who have expressed interest, with India’s rich tech expertise in the form of Cowin platform.