Prime Minister’s Office:
PM Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the progress of India’s vaccination drive. Officials gave a detailed presentation on various aspects of the vaccination drive.
PM was briefed about the current availability of vaccines and the roadmap for ramping it up. He was also apprised about the efforts undertaken to help various vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of vaccines.
Government of India is actively working with vaccine manufacturers & helping them in terms of facilitating more production units, financing and supply of raw materials.
PM reviewed the status of vaccination coverage in health-care workers as well as front-line workers.
He also took stock the vaccination coverage in the above 45 as well as 18-44 age group.
PM also reviewed the status of vaccine wastage in various states. PM instructed that vaccine wastage numbers are still on the higher side and steps need to be taken to bring them down.
Officials also briefed the PM on various measures being taken on the tech front to make the process of vaccination more people friendly.
Officials briefed PM on advance visibility being provided to states on vaccine availability. They also apprised the PM that states have been asked to pass on this information to district level so that there is no inconvenience to people.
Defence Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, Commerce & Industries Minister, I&B Minister, Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary and other important officials participated in the meeting.
Pinarayi Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala:
Last year, Kerala’s COVID-19 Package was a model for India.
In this 2nd wave, a Second Covid Package of Rs. 20,000 Crore has been announced. 2,800 to tackle health emergency, 8,300 as interest subsidy for loans, 8,900 for direct disbursement to those in crisis.
Even though Central Govt. is withdrawing from its basic responsibilities, State Govt. will ensure the health of its citizens. Rs. 1,000 crore is earmarked for providing vaccine to all above 18 years of age, Rs. 500 crore for purchasing allied equipments.
Most fragile areas of our coasts lie within 40 to 75 meters from sea, will be protected using tetrapods and diapghram walls. Estimated expenditure of coastal area conservation measures is Rs. 5,300 Crore over 5 years. Rs. 1,500 Crore from KIIFB for 1st phase.
With implementation of ASEAN Agreement by UPA, prices of domestic agriculture products declined. To protect plantation sector, concerned States should come together and re-examine the agreement. Kerala will take the lead.
Kudos to Akali Dal for succeeding in getting the order to sell the poor man’s vaccine to private hospitals reversed & win back the common man’s right to free vaccines.Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Former Union Minister
Shiromani Akali Dal will continue to raise its voice & fight for those whose rights are being looted by this corrupt Cong govt in Punjab.
First time in India: a Congress MLA procures vaccines and starts administering them for free.DK Shivakumar – President, Karnataka Congress
First such effort by any party in India.
I am proud to have taken my second dose of vaccine from a fellow Congressman.
Thank you Dr Shamanur Shivashankarappa
With pandemic, specific and unique healthcare skills are required in all districts hospitals and healthcare centres. Be it oxygen, medical equipment operation, we have faced manpower shortages.
Karnataka Skill Development Department has risen to the occasion to take up training the youth in critical skills like Emergency Medical Technician, General Duty assistants, medical equipment operators etc to ensure every district has required number of trained personnel.
Youth who are 10th or 12th pass will be trained in such skills. Department is in discussions with district hospitals & private hospitals for manpower deployment. Our priority is to match the demand & supply gap in the skill sector.
Karnataka administered more than 3 lakh doses of vaccine in a single day today.Dr Sudhakar – Health minister, karnataka
About 1.95 lakh citizens in the age group 18-44 years got their 1st dose today.
With 1.47 Crore doses administered so far, 1.18 Crore people are inoculated with atleast 1 dose of vaccine.
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