UPDATED: June 7, 2021 18:28 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went live on Monday with a special session of Mann ki Baat. During this, he talked about India’s response to the second wave of Covid-19 and made some key announcements. Read on to find out…
ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC
This is the deadliest pandemic in the past 100 years. The modern world has not seen such a pandemic. Our country has fought this pandemic at many levels.
India has gone through a lot of pain during this battle. Many lost their loved ones, my condolences to all such families
ON PREPAREDNESS FOR THE SECOND WAVE
New health infrastructure has been developed in the 1.5 years with COVID hospitals, ventilators beds, to preparing a network of testing labs. During the 2nd wave in April-May, demand for medical oxygen increased at an unprecedented rate.
Never in the history of India had the need for medical oxygen been felt in such quantity. To meet this need, work was done on a war footing.
ON MADE IN INDIA VACCINES
The demand for vaccines all over the world far outstrips the production capacity of vaccine manufacturing companies.
Imagine if we didn’t have a vaccine made in India right now, what would have happened in a huge country like ours today?
In the last year, India launched two made-in-India vaccines. Today more than 23 crore vaccine doses have been administered.
ON VACCINE PROCUREMENT
Vaccine supply will be increasing in the coming days. Seven companies in the country are producing different vaccines, three vaccine trials are at an advanced stage.
To increase vaccine availability, the process of procuring vaccines from abroad has been sped up. Experts have also expressed concerns about children. In this direction, the trial of two vaccines is underway.
Research on nasal spray vaccine is underway, which if successful can significantly boost India’s vaccination drive.
ON CENTRALIZED VACCINE DRIVE
The Centre will procure 75 per cent of vaccine production from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of states quota, and give it free to state governments.
25 per cent of vaccination work with states will now be handled by the Centre, it will be implemented in the coming two weeks.
From June 21, people over the age of 18 will receive vaccines for free.