Accelerate vaccination drive for adolescents: PM tells officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed officials to accelerate the vaccination drive in mission mode during a high-level meeting to assess the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. During the meeting, he also reviewed the ongoing preparations of the health infrastructure and logistics, status of the vaccination campaign in the country and the emergence of new Omicron variant of the Covid, and its public health implications for the country. 

A detailed presentation highlighting the surge in cases currently being reported globally was given by the Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, 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. The support to the states to upgrade health infrastructure, testing capacity, availability of oxygen and ICU beds, and buffer stock of covid essential drugs under Emergency Covid Response Package (ECRP-II) was also presented.