PM Modi likely to discuss COVID-19 vaccination strategy, resurgence in cases with CMs today

PM Modi likely to discuss COVID-19 vaccination strategy, resurgence in cases with CMs today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a virtual meeting with chief ministers and other representatives of states and Union Territories on November 24 to discuss India’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy and the recent resurgence in cases, news reports suggest.

It was earlier reported that emergency authorization of vaccines would be discussed with the states. This comes at a time when multiple drug makers have announced positive results from clinical trials for their COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

 PM Modi is also expected to discuss with states the cause for the recent surge in daily COVID-19 cases and the countermeasures they have planned.

The meeting, which begins at 10.30 am, will be conducted in two parts. In the first part, PM Modi will interact with the chief ministers of the eight worst-affected states and Union Territories. In the second part, he will discuss vaccine delivery with the chief ministers and Lt. Governors of all the states and UTs.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be among the chief ministers who will participate in the meeting.

The prime minister has held multiple virtual conferences with chief ministers since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.

As of November 23, India's COVID-19 tally stood at 91.3 lakh with 44,059 more cases being reported in the previous 24-hour period. While 85.6 lakh patients have recovered, the death toll from the infectious disease has mounted to 1.3 lakh.