Safety is as important as speed, says PM Modi on COVID-19 vaccine; States to set up cold storage facilities
PM Modi stated that safety is as important as speed for us so, whichever vaccine India will give to its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a virtual meeting on November 24, 2020 with Chief Ministers of states with high case load over the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Home Minister Amit Shah also participated in the video conference.
During the virtual meeting, the Prime Minister highlighted that India is in a better situation today than other countries when it comes to recovery and fatality rates, as a result of joint efforts.
As a result of joint efforts, today India is in a better situation than other countries when it comes to recovery and fatality rates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in virtual meeting with CMs#COVID19 https://t.co/yge0tM54SG pic.twitter.com/eiOQcf143A— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
However, the Prime Minister put across a word of caution saying, "Seeing good recovery rates, many think virus is weak & they'll recover soon, this has led to rampant carelessness." He underlined the need to need to focus on ensuring that people are alert and transmission is curbed and said that we have to bring positivity rate under 5 percent.
Seeing good recovery rates, many think virus is weak & they'll recover soon, this has led to rampant carelessness... Those working on vaccine are doing it but we need to focus on ensuring that people are alert & transmission is curbed. We've to bring positivity rate under 5%: PM pic.twitter.com/AvFWjJp0b3— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
Govt making district hospitals self-sufficient in oxygen generation
The Prime Minister highlighted that there is also a focus on making oxygen and ventilators available. He said that the government is trying to make the medical colleges and district hospitals self-sufficient in oxygen generation. He informed that efforts are ongoing to establish more than 160 oxygen generation plants in the country.
Safety as important as speed
PM Modi further stated that safety is as important as speed for us so, whichever vaccine India will give to its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards. He added that vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states and the states must also start working on setting up cold storage facilities.
Safety is as important as speed for us, whichever vaccine India will give to its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards. Vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states. States must also start working cold storage facilities: PM pic.twitter.com/ZabSM4F8ZV— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said during the meeting that the state is ready with cold chain storage facilities for the vaccine. He informed that training of healthcare workers who will administer vaccine is also underway.
We are ready with cold chain storage facilities for the vaccine. Training of healthcare workers who'll administer vaccine is underway. As soon as we get the vaccine, vaccination will be started. Appeal to people to continue following all COVID19 guidelines: MP CM SS Chouhan pic.twitter.com/SQARnXCFJf— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
COVID Vaccine development
The Prime Minister assured that the Indian government is keeping a track of each development in vaccine development and it is in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. He informed that India is also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisations and international companies.
How many vaccines doses will be available in India and what price?
PM Modi said that it is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. He also said that the price of the vaccine has also not been decided.
It's yet not decided which vaccine will cost how much. Though 2 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 scientific basis: PM pic.twitter.com/P5ltqmCZhb— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
Vaccine Distribution Plan
PM Modi urged the states to send detailed plans on how they plan to take the vaccine to the lowest levels. He said that it will help them in making decisions as the states' experiences are valuable.
I urge states to send detailed plans soon on how they plan to take vaccine to lowest levels. It'll help us in making decisions as your experiences are valuable. I hope for your pro-active participation. Vaccine work is ongoing but I request you there should be no carelessness: PM https://t.co/JxCeaLnlye pic.twitter.com/B0w6Bbgyiq— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
The Prime Minister further highlighted that COVID-19 vaccination mission is a national commitment and that each state and stakeholder must work as a team to ensure that the mission is carried out in a smooth, systematic and sustained manner.
This mission of Coronavirus vaccination of each citizen is like a national commitment. Each State and stakeholder has to work as a team to ensure that this mission is systematic, smooth and a sustained effort: PM Modi during a virtual meeting with CMs on COVID19 pic.twitter.com/4ZrfaG7H7q— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
Following Prime Minister Modi's meeting with CMs, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that the state government is ready to work with the centre and all other stakeholders to ensure speedy and universal vaccination for everyone as soon as the vaccine is available.
We are ready to work with Central and all other stakeholders to ensure speedy and universal vaccination for everyone as soon as the vaccine is available: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee https://t.co/AlUpTBvzGr— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2020
•The Prime Minister had held several meetings in the past six months with the state Chief Ministers over the pandemic. The latest meeting comes amid a spike in cases in some of the states and union territories due to the festivities. The centre has decided to send high-level central teams to three states to support them in their COVID-19 response and management.
•The Health Ministry stated that the three teams will be visiting the districts that are reporting the highest number of COVID cases and support the state's efforts towards strengthening surveillance, containment, testing, infection prevention and control measures and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.
•The Prime Minister had last held a review meeting on November 20, 2020 to review India's vaccination strategy and discuss important issues related to the progress of vaccine development, regulatory approvals and procurement with top officials.
•India's total Coronavirus tally crossed the 91-lakh mark on November 23, 2020 after 44,059 new cases and 511 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The overall COVID-19 cases have now reached 91,39,866,including 4,43,486 active cases, 85,62,641 recoveries and1,33,738 deaths. India has been reporting around 30000-47000 daily cases for the past couple of days.