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Key takeaways from PM Modi's review meeting on Covid-19

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New Delhi, Apr 19: Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1, the central government today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings over India's response to record daily surges in Covid cases.

Narendra Modi

The decision comes on a day India reported a new high of 2.73 lakh coronavirus cases in a day. States like Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab had called for opening up vaccinations and had also complained about running out of vaccine stocks.

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Several important decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today

  • Pricing, Procurement, Eligibility and Administration of vaccines being made flexible in Phase 3 of the World's Largest Vaccination drive
  • All stakeholders given flexibility to customise to local needs
  • Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine against Covid-19
  • Vaccine manufacturers incentivized to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players
  • Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to State Govts. and in the open market at a pre-declared price
  • States empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 for the same
  • GoI Vaccination drive to continue as before, providing free vaccination for essential and priority populations as defined earlier i.e HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years

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