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PM Modi to launch Covid-19 vaccination drive on Jan 16 Covid-19 Vaccine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the frame (Image Credit: PIB)

PM Modi to launch Covid-19 vaccination drive on Jan 16

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Jan 2021, 02:07 pm

New Delhi/UNI: India will roll out the world's largest immunisation drive on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the massive countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive.

In view of the Covid-19 inoculation drive, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in consultation with the President's office has rescheduled the Polio vaccination day, also known as the National Immunisation Day (NID) or “Polio Ravivar” to Jan 31.

President Ram Nath Kovind will launch the Polio National Immunisation Day on Jan 30 by administering Polio drops to some children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the forenoon.

The decision is in keeping with the stated policy of the Health Ministry to ensure that Covid management and vaccination services as well as non-Covid essential health services proceed in tandem without adversely impacting each other, an official release said here on Thursday. 

Both Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Covishield, the Oxford University's vaccine made by the SII in India, have been granted permission for an emergency use in the country, which was battered by the deadly virus but now placed in a far better situation.

Bharat Biotech, which had partnered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), will give 16.5 lakh doses of Covaxin to the central government free of cost.