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Centre to provide free COVID vaccines for 18 years & above from June 21st

The Central government will give free vaccines to states even to vaccinate those above 18 years of age from June 21st.

Kohima, June 07 (NEx): The Central government will take over the task of COVID-19 vaccination from the State Government and provide free vaccines to states in the next two weeks, announced the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

PM Modi in his address to the nation on Monday said that the State governments will not have to spend anything on the vaccine. The Centre is taking back total control of vaccination drive, which will be implemented in the next two weeks. The Centre will give free vaccines to states even to vaccinate those above 18 years of age from June 21st.

Meanwhile, the Private hospitals can continue to procure 25% from vaccine makers, and the service charges have been capped at Rs 150 per dose for private hospitals, the PM said.

This is the biggest pandemic in the last hundred years and modern world had neither seen nor experienced such a pandemic, PM Modi said in his address. “Our country and scientists have shown that India is not behind big countries and more than 23 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country,” he added.

The Prime Minister’s address to the nation today comes at a time when India registered its lowest Covid-19 infections in two months with over 1 lakh fresh cases. The daily Covid-19 death toll has also come down while the number of active cases in the country has decreased to 14 lakh.

Earlier today, Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has informed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 5 PM today.

Modi has addressed the nation a number of times since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. His last address was on April 20, in which he urged the state governments to focus more on micro-containment zones instead of a lockdown.