Covid-19: Entire adult population to be vaccinated by year-end, says government

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharti Praveen Pawar said that the Government of India has set a target to vaccinate the entire adult population of the country against coronavirus by the end of the year. More than 99 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in India so far.

Pawar, who was virtually addressing FICCI’s “Healthcare Excellence Awards” function, remarked as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, India is one of the leaders in the global medical devices market in the world .

“More than 99 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in the country and the government has set a target to vaccinate the entire adult population of the country by the end of the year,” he said.

He lauded the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for its contribution to the COVID-19 response in collaboration with empowered groups, the central and state government.

“We have a huge responsibility to achieve the Prime Minister’s dream of having affordable, accessible, safe and modern health care in India,” Pawar said.

He further said, “The Government of India has initiated various nationwide programs for prevention, control and eradication of communicable and non-communicable diseases and for improving maternal and child health.”

The Minister highlighted that while working towards the goal of achieving universal health coverage, the government launched the world’s largest publicly funded health care programme, ‘Ayushman Bharat Mission’.

He said that the scheme has been expanded to include the Digital Health Mission, which aims to integrate various components of the health care ecosystem on a single platform and converge for better health outcomes.

Pawar pointed out that the government has launched several financial assistance schemes over the years to create a conducive environment for development as well as to augment the public-private infrastructure of hospitals and public-funded laboratories across the country.

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