Govt keeping a close eye on vaccine development; says Modi

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the government is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 vaccine development and clarified that the dosage and price of the vaccine were uncertain as of now.

“The government is keeping a close track of vaccine development. We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisation and international companies. It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine. We still don’t have answers to these questions,” Modi said.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi releasing the book on the life and ideals of Sri Guru Nanak Dev written by Kirpal Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday. Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of Sikhism and first of its 10 gurus. In a tweet, Modi posted a picture of him releasing the book and noted that the book has been penned by Kirpal Singh, who is based in Chandigarh. (ANI photo)

The Prime Minister was speaking to the chief ministers over the deteriorating pandemic situation in their states at a virtual meeting held today.

“It’s yet not decided which vaccine will cost how much. Though two India-based vaccines are at the forefront, we’re working with global firms also. Even after drugs being available for years, some people have adverse reactions. So a decision needs to be taken on a scientific basis,” PM added.

PM Modi advised the states to ‘establish cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccine’ beforehand and suggested them to prepare and send a plan for its distribution to the centre.

“I urge states to send detailed plans soon on how they plan to take the vaccine to the lowest levels. It will help us in making decisions as your (state) experiences are valuable. I hope for your pro-active participation. There should not be any room for carelessness during vaccine distribution,” PM Modi added.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan replied to PM Modi’s advice stating, “We are ready with cold chain storage facilities for the vaccine. Training of healthcare workers for administering vaccine is underway. As soon as we get the vaccine, vaccination will be started. Appeal to people to continue following all COVID19 guidelines.”