New Delhi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the planning and preparations for vaccination against Covid-19, as and when the vaccine is available.
Mr Modi enunciated four guiding principles that will form the foundation of this national effort: first, that vulnerable groups should be identified and prioritized for early vaccination, for example doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, non-medical frontline corona warriors, and vulnerable people among the general population; second, that vaccination of “anyone, anywhere” should take place, i.e. without imposition of any domicile related restrictions for getting the vaccine; third, that vaccination must be affordable and universal – no person should be left behind; and fourth, that the entire process from production to vaccination should be monitored and supported in real time with the use of technology.
Prime Minister directed that detailed planning for such large scale vaccination should be undertaken immediately. The current status of vaccine development efforts were also reviewed at the meeting.