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PM Modi Slams COVID Vaccine Misinformation; 'rumour-spreaders Playing With Innocent Lives'

Prime Minister Modi condemned the misinformation being spread regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and advised people to be alert amid the vaccination drive

ANI/PTI

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the nation on India's response to the devastating COVID second wave and declining cases. As the vaccination drive in the country has been augmented, Prime Minister condemned the misinformation being spread regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and advised people to be alert. He also informed that over 23 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the country and the supply of vaccines will increase in the coming days.

PM Modi speaks on Vaccine Rumours

"Those who are creating apprehension about the vaccine, spreading rumours, they are playing with the lives of innocent brothers and sisters. One needs to be careful with such rumours. I appeal to the youth, Intellectuals, samaritans to spread awareness about the vaccine," said PM Modi

'Total 23 crore vaccine administered': PM Modi

"In the last one year, India launched two made-in-India vaccines. Today more than 23 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country. The vaccine supply will be increasing in the coming days. Seven companies in the country are producing different vaccines and three vaccine trials are at an advanced stage," he said.

In order to increase vaccine availability, PM Modi stated that the process of procuring vaccines from abroad has been sped up. Experts have also expressed concerns about children. In this direction, the trial of two vaccines is underway. Research is being conducted for a nasal vaccine in the country.

'Centralized vaccination drive': PM Modi

PM Modi further announced a centralized vaccination drive in the country. He said all vaccines will be procured by the Government of India and given to States for free. 25% of vaccination work with states will now be handled by the Centre, it will be implemented in the coming two weeks. Both State and Centre will work as per new guidelines in the coming two weeks. From June 21, there'll be free vaccines for people above 18 years.

PM speaks on vaccine charge at Pvt Hospitals

PM Modi also stated that now Private hospitals can only charge Rs 150 as a service charge on vaccines.

"Private sector hospitals can take 25 per cent of the vaccine being made in the country directly, this system will continue. Private hospitals will be able to charge a maximum service charge of Rs 150 for a single dose after the fixed price of the vaccine. The state government will be monitoring the task," PM said.

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