India targets fast delivery of vaccine

NEW DELHI • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his officials to prepare for speedy delivery of Covid-19 vaccine to every citizen of the country by using the nation’s experience in successfully conducting the world’s biggest elections and disaster management programs.

The federal government has to collaborate with others, including states and civil society organisations, for distributing the vaccine, Modi said on Saturday according to a government statement, after assessing the pandemic situation in the country. The administration must plan for cold storage chains, monitoring mechanisms and advance assessment, according to the statement.

The number of Covid-19 fatalities in India is 114,031, while 6.6 million have recovered from the disease. It has been about 37 weeks since the first case was reported in India. — Bloomberg