As the vaccination marketing campaign in opposition to COVID-19 continues with various levels of enthusiasm in the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of numerous States are possible to get the jab in the second phase of vaccination for these over 50 years of age.
Government sources confirmed that Mr. Modi in his video conference with Chief Ministers simply earlier than the launch of India’s vaccination drive in January had informed the group that politicians shouldn’t leap the queue for vaccinations as the primary spherical was for frontline staff in the well being and legislation enforcement sectors.
“In the same vein he had said that politicians would get their turn in the second phase when senior citizens were to be vaccinated,” mentioned a authorities official. “There is nothing new in the plan that was originally thought up,” added the supply.
”The remarks don’t give you any particular date when the prime minister or chief ministers of numerous states shall be vaccinated,” added the federal government supply.
As the vaccine marketing campaign progresses nonetheless, optics of Mr. Modi getting the jab might go an extended manner in soothing vaccine sceptics.
In the vaccine marketing campaign since January 16, 7,86,000 beneficiaries have been lined whereas the quantity was anticipated to be double of that. Several causes are being attributed to the slower offtake with software program glitches, opposed occasions, and uncertainty over the efficacy of the vaccine being among the many many causes.
It is unclear whether or not the Prime Minister will take the Covishield vaccine or the indigenously developed Covaxin.
Meanwhile, below “vaccine diplomacy” consignments of the medication have been despatched to India’s neighbours similar to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh.