The Centre has no plans to vaccinate every Indian citizen with the Covid-19 vaccine even when such shots would be commercially available.
“I want to make this clear that the government has never spoken about vaccinating the entire country. It’s important that we discuss such scientific issues, based on factual information only and then analyse it,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday.
Balram Bhargava, ICMR director-general, clarified that inoculating the entire population would not be needed as the purpose is to break the chain of transmission. “Our purpose is to break the chain of virus transmission. If we are able to vaccinate a critical mass of people and break the chain of transmission, then we may not have to vaccinate the entire population,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is working towards a plan to make vaccine available to every Indian whenever the vaccine is ready.
India’s Covid-19 tally stands at 94.62 lakh on Tuesday with 4,35 lakh active cases whereas the death toll is 1,37,621 of which 482 were added in the last 24 hours.