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States to establish cold storage facilities for Covid-19 vaccine: Modi 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasized the need to establish cold storage facilities in states for the storage of the Covid-19 vaccine.

"Our priority is to make the vaccine available for all. States should put in the necessary mechanism, including cold storage," Modi said at a high-level meeting with the Chief Ministers of eight states.
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The CMs of Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal discussed the modalities of Covid-19 vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration with Modi during the meeting.

The Prime Minister said that it will be ensured that the vaccine for citizens meets all necessary scientific criteria.  “Governments at all levels will have to work together to ensure that the vaccination drive is smooth, systematic and sustained,” he said.

Modi said that the country has faced the pandemic through concerted efforts and in terms of both recovery rate and fatality rate, the situation in India is better than most other countries.

He added that the government is keeping a close watch on the development of vaccines and is in contact with Indian developers and manufacturers, global regulators, governments of other countries, multilateral institutions and international companies.

The Prime Minister noted that the priority of vaccination is being decided in consultation with the states. The requirements of additional cold chain storage have also been discussed with the states. He asked the Chief Ministers to ensure regular monitoring of the state-level steering committee and the state and district-level task force to ensure better results.

The overall countrywide figure of infections has dropped below 50,000 for several days now though cases in certain states, including Delhi are rising. The Prime Minister added that there is a need to increase testing for coronavirus..