India recognizes 300 million people to receive initial dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Times of India newspaper reported on Saturday.
Priority will be given to workers in high-risk sectors such as police, health care, hygiene, the elderly and those with disabilities, the report said, citing officials they did not recognize. The shots, which will include a booster dose, are planned for the initial stage once a vaccine is approved for use, according to the report.
For a country of this size, a safe and fast vaccine delivery is a top priority for the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country̵7;s broken health care system, which is already struggling to deliver adequate care before the outbreak, cannot cope with the strain of a chronic pandemic.
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First-time vaccine beneficiaries will receive an estimated 600 million doses and the implementation plan aims to cover more than 23% of the population, according to the report. India added 62,212 new cases, capturing total infections in the country 7.43 million as of October 17, government data shows.