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‘Covid-19 vaccine programme to cover over 25 cr people by July 2021’

Harsh-Vardhan

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan has said the government is planning to cover approximately 25 crore citizens by July 2021 under its COVID vaccine programme.

The government has set a target of receiving and utilising 400 to 500 million doses of the vaccine in this period, the Minister said.

“Our government is working round the clock to ensure that there is a fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, once they are ready. Our utmost priority is how to ensure vaccine for each and everybody in the country,” the minister was quoted as saying by TOI report.

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The Union Health Ministry has asked states to submit lists of priority population who will receive Covid-19 vaccine first by October end, the Minister said. He also said a high-level expert group is going into all the aspects of vaccines and the health ministry is preparing a format in which states will submit lists of priority population groups.

At a time when corona virus continues wreaking havoc, infecting millions of people worldwide daily, the vaccine seems to be only hope to contain the outbreak.

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