Amid the sudden spike in Coronavirus cases fueled by the new Omicron variant in the entire country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during the COVID-19 situation review meeting said that we need to accelerate vaccine drive for adolescents in mission mode.
Prime Minister Modi also said that we need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level and need continuous scientific research in testing, vaccines and pharmacological interventions including genome sequencing.
The PMO in a statement said, a detailed presentation highlighting the surge in cases currently being reported globally was given by Secretary Health. This was followed by the status of COVID-19 in India highlighting various States and Districts of concern, based on the surge in cases and high positivity being reported.
Further, various efforts taken by the Central Government so far in terms of supporting States to manage the upcoming challenge were highlighted. Various predictive scenarios of peak cases were also presented, it added.
“The presentation brought attention to India’s consistent efforts towards the vaccination campaign, with 31 per cent adolescents aged 15-18 years having been administered with the 1st dose so far within 7 days. The PM noted this achievement and urged to further accelerate the vaccine drive for adolescents in mission mode,” the statement.
The meeting was attended by Amit Shah, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, A.K. Bhalla, Home Secretary, Shri. Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary (MoHFW), etc.