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Prepare Cold Storage Infra For Vaccine, PM Modi Tells Chief Ministers

Emphasizing the need for both safety and speed in vaccine distribution, PM Modi on Tuesday assured that “whichever vaccine India gives its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards”.

Emphasizing the need for both safety and speed in vaccine distribution, PM Modi on Tuesday assured that “whichever vaccine India gives its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards”. “Our priority is to make the vaccine available for all. States should put in the necessary mechanism including cold storage,” the Prime Minister said at a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers of eight worst-hit states to discuss the coronavirus situation and preparations for vaccine delivery.

“Safety is as important as speed for us, whichever vaccine India will give to its citizens will be safe on all scientific standards. Vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states. States must also start working cold storage facilities,” PM Modi said after the reports of Oxford vaccine showing 90 per cent efficacy in late-stage trials.

The Prime Minister, while warning the states not to let any laxity creep in, asked them to work towards bringing the positive rate to less than 5 per cent and the fatality rate to under 1 per cent.”We need to speed up our efforts to reduce transmission of the virus. Testing, confirmation, contact tracing and data must be given top priority,” PM Modi said.

Chief Ministers of eight worst Covid-hit states — Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — were present for the meeting.

PM Modi, while addressing the meeting, also hit out at Congress’ Rahul Gandhi for criticising the government over the vaccine issue. Without naming Mr Gandhi, the PM said: “We cannot decide when the vaccine will come. It is not in our hands, It is the scientists who are dealing with the issue. Some people are playing politics over it. Nothing can stop anyone from playing politics,” sources quoted PM Modi as saying, NDTV reported.

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