New Delhi: According to a report on NDTV.com doctors, nurses, and all frontline workers against coronavirus as well as the vulnerable sections of the general population will get first access once a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is found, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided today.
Sources said the distribution order was part of a four-point action plan after the availability of a vaccine, which was finalized by the Prime Minister today. According to the report, the government will follow the "anyone anywhere" module for vaccination. There will be no domicile-related restriction for the vaccine.
It was also decided that vaccination should be universal and affordable.
India recorded 18,522 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5,66,840. More than 16,800 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic. India is in the fourth position in a list of the nations hit worst by the virus -- just after US, Brazil, and Russia.
Around 90 percent of total infections in India are from ten states - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, and Karnataka.
Yesterday, the government announced the second phase of the country's emergence from the lockdown to slow down the progress of the disease. The guidelines, however, said containment zones will remain under lockdown, which translated to vast swaths of the country.
Across the world, the virus has affected 10 million people and killed more than .5 million.
A race to develop a vaccine for coronavirus is no across various nations.
The four-point plan included the management of medical supply chains, prioritizing at-risk populations, coordination between different agencies and the role of the private sector and the civil society.
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