Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a virtual meet with the chief ministers of the eight worst-hit states. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel attended the meeting. Besides, Health minister Harsh Vardhan, Home Minister Amit Shah, and NITI Aayog member VK Paul were also present.
Along with reviewing the COVID-19 situation, PM Narendra Modi focused on the need for both safety and speed in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, saying “whichever vaccine India gives its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards”.
“Our priority is to make vaccine available for all. States should put in the necessary mechanism including cold storage,” he further added.
Although the overall nationwide figure has dropped below 50,000 for a few days now, the situation has given rise to concern in certain states, including Delhi.
“PM made it clear that in the first stage the vaccine will be given to the frontline health workers, in the second stage to the police personnel, sanitation workers etc, to those above 50 years of age in third stage and to those with co-morbid conditions in the fourth stage,” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.
India recorded 37,975 fresh COVID-19 infections over 24 hours, while the overall COVID-19 count now stands at 91.77 lakh, with 1,34,218 fatalities.