Modi announces federal takeover of India′s vaccination program | News | DW | 07.06.2021

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in a televised national address on Monday, declared that the federal government would once again be taking control of the country’s coronavirus vaccination program and offering free vaccinations to all adults in the country.

“All those above 18 will get free vaccinations,” Modi said, announcing that the program will start on June 21, “Whether it is the poor, the lower-middle class, the middle class, or the upper-middle class — under the federal government program, everyone will get free vaccines.”

“We will increase the speed of procuring vaccines and also increase the pace of the vaccination program,” the prime minister said. Under the new policy, 75% of all vaccines made in India are to be purchased by the national government with private hospitals able to purchase the remaining 25%.

Source: Modi announces federal takeover of India′s vaccination program | News | DW | 07.06.2021