The Centre Will Give Free COVID-19 Vaccines To States For All Above 18: PM Modi

The Centre Will Give Free COVID-19 Vaccines To States For All Above 18: PM Modi

PM Modi’s address comes at a time the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of receding and many states have started easing lockdowns
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The Centre Will Give Free COVID-19 Vaccines To States For All Above 18: PM ModiIn his address to the nation, PM Modi announced major changes in India's COVID vaccination policy
Highlights
  • Centre will provide COVID vaccines to states for free: PM Modi
  • Private hospitals can purchase 25% of the vaccines being produced: PM
  • Free ration will be provided to over 80 crore poor people till November: PM

New Delhi: “This (COVID-19) is the biggest epidemic in the last hundred years, it is a tragedy”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation on June 7. PM Modi’s address comes at a time the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of receding and many states have started easing lockdowns. PM Modi talked about India’s fight against COVID-19 especially during the second wave in April and May, 2021 when the demand for medical oxygen increased manifolds. In his address to the nation, PM Modi talked about India’s vaccination drive and made some major announcements with regard to COVID vaccination and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) that provides free rations to poor people. He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones to COVID.

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Here are the top highlights from PM Modi’s address to the nation:

  1. Announcing the change in the vaccine policy, PM Modi said, “We will take care of the 25 per cent work given to states. It will be implemented in two weeks. From June 21, we will provide free vaccines to states for those above 18.” This essentially means that the central government will procure 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced in the country and distribute it for free to the states.
  2. Only free vaccines will be provided (to states). But those who don’t want free vaccines can do so at private hospitals. Private hospitals can still procure 25 per cent of vaccines being manufactured by the firms. They can put an additional charge of ₹150 over the set price for vaccines, said PM Modi.
  3. Every dose of vaccine is important. A life is associated with one dose. States will be informed about the number of doses they will be getting a week prior to the supply. There shouldn’t be differences and debates over vaccines.
  4. The anti-Covid protocol is the most important factor in the fight against this invisible virus. A vaccine is like a protection cover against this. Imagine what would have been the scenario if we didn’t have an India-made vaccine.
  5. Bypassing every apprehension, India launched not one but two made in India vaccines within a year. Our country and its scientists have shown that India is not behind big countries. Today when I am talking to you, more than 23 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country, said PM and informed that the supply of vaccine will increase in the coming days. He added, “Today, seven companies in the country are producing different types of vaccines. Trial of three more vaccines is also going on in advanced stage.”
  6. To produce vaccines at such a fast rate is a big achievement but it has its limitations. Vaccination first started only in a few developed countries. We started our vaccination drive based on the parameters set by the WHO. After taking recommendations, it was decided that the vulnerable population will be vaccinated first, which is why frontline workers, healthcare professionals and those above 45 were vaccinated first.
  7. PM Modi announced the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) till Diwali that is in November this year. The free ration will be provided to over 80 crore people. Under the scheme over 80 crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), are provided an additional ration of 5 kg of wheat or rice per person and one kg of pulses per household every month for free of cost. This is over and above their regular entitlement under the Public Distribution System (PDS) which includes 35 kg of foodgrains per month to households eligible under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and 5 kg of foodgrains per person per month to Priority Households (PHH) beneficiaries at a subsidised cost of Rs. 2 per kg of wheat and Rs. 3 per kg of rice.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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