India is set to roll out the world’s biggest vaccination programme today with over 3 lakh healthcare workers to be inoculated on the first day of the much-anticipated drive, which the government said is “probably the beginning of the end of COVID-19”. A total of 3,006 session sites across all states and union territories will be virtually connected during the launch at 10.30 am by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site. Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College Principal Sudhir Bhandari will be the first person in Rajasthan to be given the shot, while a hospital security guard and an attender will be among the first to get the jab in Madhya Pradesh. Modi said the country on Saturday would enter a “decisive phase” in the fight against the pandemic.
Vardhan said India’s exercise to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 shall be the largest immunisation drive of the world. He reiterated that both the indigenously manufactured vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and COVAXIN of Bharat Biotech — have proven safety and immunogenicity records and are the most important tools to contain the pandemic.
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