India’s virus vaccination drive to begin Jan 16
Published: 09:09 PM, 9 January 2021
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Indian government has finalized the date of the roll-out of the vaccination program to tackle the spread of the pandemic coronavirus. The vaccine will be rolled out to the people from January 16.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday afternoon.
According to the decision, 300 million people will be vaccinated in two phases. 30 million people will be vaccinated in the first phase and 270 million people in the second phase.
The COVID front liners will be vaccinated in the first phase. In the next phase, it will be given to those above 50 years of age.
Earlier, the center had cleared two Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use. One of them is made by Bharat Biotech. The other is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
The central government of India has launched an app called Co-Win to run the vaccination process. Ordinary people can take part in the vaccination process by registering their names in that app.