New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a new vaccination policy. A day after this, today the Central Government has said that the Ministry of Health has placed a new order for 25 crore doses of Kovishield and 19 crore doses of Covaccine. That is, a total order has been placed for the purchase of 44 crore corona vaccine doses.
The Union Health Ministry said that these 44 crore doses of Kovid vaccines will be supplied by the manufacturers between August and December.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, reversing the previous decision of his government, announced that the central government will now buy vaccines for all adults and all people above 18 years of age will be given free vaccines from June 21.
PM Modi had said that the Government of India itself will buy 75 percent of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it to the state governments free of cost. It has been decided that the Government of India will also bear the responsibility of 25 percent of the work related to vaccination with the states. This arrangement will be implemented in the coming 2 weeks.
This announcement of PM Modi will put a burden between Rs 45,000 crore and Rs 50,000 crore on the exchequer. This is more than the budget of Rs 35,000 crore fixed by the government.
Currently, AstraZeneca’s vaccine Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Covaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech are available in the country. Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine will also be commercially launched in the country in the coming week. A total of 23 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country so far. The vaccination campaign started on 16 January.
Corona figures in the country
The daily infection cases of Kovid-19 in the country have also come down below one lakh for the first time in two months. According to the Union Health Ministry, 86,498 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, whereas earlier on May 7, the maximum number of 4,14,188 new cases were registered in a span of one day. At the same time, 2,123 people died due to Kovid-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the total death toll has reached 3,51,309.