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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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