Chairing a high-level meeting to take stock of the Covid-19 situation and preparedness for vaccine delivery and administration, the PM stressed the entire process should have a strong IT backbone and the system should be designed to have a lasting value on the healthcare system.
PM: Keep up efforts despite dip in cases
The PM asked officials to keep up efforts to contain the pandemic despite a decline in active cases. The meeting was attended by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, principal secretary to PM P K Mishra, Niti Aayog member (health) Dr V K Paul, principal scientific adviser K Vijay Raghavan, senior scientists, officers of PMO and officials from various other departments.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 has prepared and presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration. Modi directed that keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country, the access to the vaccine should be ensured speedily. He stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration should be put in place rigorously. It must include advanced planning of cold storage chains, distribution network, monitoring mechanism, advance assessment and preparation of ancillary equipment required, like vials and syringes, he said.