India to rollout world's largest vaccination drive on Jan 16; Three crores Corona warriors to get vaccine in 1st phase

    10-Jan-2021   
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The vaccination drive for COVID 19 will kick off on 16th January in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the preparedness for COVID vaccination. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary and other senior officials. The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of the status of COVID management covering various issues.
 
Emergency Use Authorisation or Accelerated Approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin - which have established safety and immunogenicity.
 
The Prime Minister was also briefed about the preparedness status of the Centre in close collaboration with the State and UT governments for roll out of the vaccine. The vaccination exercise is underpinned by the principles of people’s participation, utilizing experience of elections and Universal Immunization Program.
 
The Prime Minister was also apprised about the Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System. More than 79 lakh beneficiaries have been registered on the platform. Our correspondent tells us more about the roll out of the vaccine: