28
Thursday
January 2021
5:38 AM IST
News Headlines
Unlucky Kerala shares spoil with Jamshedpur        England team lands in Chennai, Indians arrive in batches for first two tests        Israel military revising operational plans against Iran        France's Sanofi to boost Pfizer vaccine supply amid EU shortages        Hero MotoCorp to commence its operations in Mexico soon        GHIAL to raise US $300 Mn through bond issue for Hyderabad airport expansion        Cabinet approves MSP of Copra for 2021 season        Rajnath speaks to his US counterpart, the two NSAs also talk, Indo-US ties to deepen further        RJD should cancel it's proposed human chain in view of Republic Day violence: Sushil        Two farmer unions withdraw from protest against farm laws        One million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days: Health ministry        England near Sri Lanka's 1st innings total after Root's 186        Srikanth resumes training after BAI gets mandatory quarantine time reduced        Melbourne century very special as it was crucial for series victory, says Rahane        FinMin allocates Rs 660 cr additional funds to MP for capex        Markets may remain volatile in holiday-shortened week: Analysts        US condemns Russia's use of harsh tactics against protesters, journalists        Egypt says it has launched vaccination against coronavirus        Qureshi says Pakistan ready to work with new US administration        MP government trying to crush farmers' voice: Kamal Nath        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
Govts have to work as team to ensure vaccination drive is smooth, sustained: PM Modi
 
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said any vaccine against coronavirus that is administered to citizens will meet all necessary scientific criteria and stressed that governments at all levels will have to work together to ensure that the vaccination drive is smooth, systematic and sustained. Interacting with the chief ministers and other representatives of states and Union Territories, Modi said the vaccine research has reached almost the final stages and the government is closely monitoring the development process, while maintaining contacts with all stakeholders. The modalities of COVID-19 vaccine delivery, distribution and administration were discussed during the meeting.

"It is not yet decided whether there will be one, two or three doses of vaccine. Their prices are also not decided. We don''t have answers to such questions right now as there are different people in the world making it. The corporate world is involved, there is competition among them, countries have their diplomatic interests, have to wait for WHO also," Modi said. He asked the chief ministers to ensure regular monitoring of the state level steering committee and state and district level taskforces to ensure better results, the Prime Minister''s Office said in a statement on the meeting. Prime Minister Modi forewarned that past experience tells several myths and rumours are spread around vaccines, according to the statement.

Noting that rumours about side effects of the vaccine may be spread, he emphasised that such attempts need to be tackled through spreading greater awareness, by taking all possible help including of the civil society, National Cadet Corps cadre and National Service Scheme and the media. "Even the medicines that are popular since about 20 years and used by lakhs of people lead to reactions in some people, even today after 20 years. This is possible even in this case," PM Modi said in his closing remarks at the meeting with chief ministers. The prime minister reassured that the government is keeping a close watch on the development of vaccines and is in contact with Indian developers and manufacturers, along with global regulators, governments of other countries, multilateral institutions and international companies.

It will be ensured that the vaccine for citizens meets all necessary scientific criteria, Modi said, asserting that both speed and safety was the focus of vaccine development. He underlined that just like the focus in the fight against COVID-19 has been on saving each and every life, the priority will be to ensure that the vaccine reaches everyone. Governments at all levels will have to work together with coordination as a team to ensure that the vaccination drive is smooth, systematic and sustained, he said. Prime Minister Modi noted that the priority of vaccination is being decided in consultation with the states. The requirements of additional cold chain storages have also been discussed with the states and they must start working in that direction, he said.

Asserting that India has a lot more experience than many other countries when it comes to vaccines, he said whichever vaccine India administers will pass all scientific parameters and procedures. The prime minister also urged states to send their detailed plans on vaccine administration, underlining that a final vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states. Five vaccines are under different phases of clinical trial in India with the Serum Institute of India conducting phase-3 trial of the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine, while the indigenously developed Bharat Biotech and ICMR vaccine has already started the phase III clinical trial.

Indigenously-developed vaccine by Zydus Cadila has completed phase-2 clinical trial in the country. Dr Reddy''s Laboratories will soon start combined phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India. Biological E. Ltd has started early phase 1 and 2 human trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.


Cabinet approves MSP of Copra for 2021 season
Rajnath speaks to his US counterpart, the two NSAs also talk, Indo-US ties to deepen further
RJD should cancel it's proposed human chain in view of Republic Day violence: Sushil
MP government trying to crush farmers' voice: Kamal Nath
Parliament session will be stormy if farmers' demands not met: Cong's chief whip
North India, parts of central India to experience fresh spell of chill in next 3-4 days: IMD
Delhi Police has given nod to farmers' tractor parade on Jan 26, claim protesting unions
Govt to continue ban on Chinese apps including Tiktok
Rahul Gandhi assures revisiting GST when Cong is voted to power at Centre
SC notice to Centre, others on plea against web series Mirzapur'
Army jawan killed in Pakistani firing along LoC in J&K's Poonch
Will not allow forcible eviction of refugees from central govt-owned land: Mamata
Congress workers stage demo against farm laws in Bengaluru
Will not participate in meetings of court-appointed committee: Farmers unions to SC
Amartya Sen asks Visva-Bharati to withdraw allegation that he is illegally holding land
Don't join WhatsApp if not accepting new policy: HC
Rahul Gandhi attacks PM on reports of Chinese village in Arunachal
Tandav controversy: FIR against director, Amazon India head of content
Smiles, sanitizers welcome students as schools reopen in Delhi
COVID-19: India records lowest fatalities in eight months
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
George Clooney says Capitol attack put Trump family 'into the dustbin of history'
 Los Angeles: Hollywood star George Clooney has condemned the attack on the Capitol Hill in the US by  
'Mean Girls' won't be returning to Broadway
Ian McKellan is 'happy' Elliot Page came out as transgender
A R Rahman thanks fans for support during 'difficult times'
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Israel military revising operational plans against Iran
 Tel Aviv: A senior general of the Israel Army on Wednesday warned that the attack plans against Iran
France's Sanofi to boost Pfizer vaccine supply amid EU shortages
US condemns Russia's use of harsh tactics against protesters, journalists
Egypt says it has launched vaccination against coronavirus
KERALA NEWS
Fire in luggage van of running train doused in time in Kerala
 Thiruvananthapuram: A fire broke out in a luggage van of a running train in Kerala on Sunday and was
Kerala logs 5,005 new COVID-19 cases, 4,408 recoveries
5,960 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths in Kerala
Kerala transport corporation MD alleges Rs 100-crore scam
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.