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Pharma wrap | Will private sector entry help scale up COVID-19 vaccination?

From March 1, citizens over the age of 60 and those who are above 45 with co-morbidities will be able to get inoculated against the coronavirus as the government launches Phase 2 of the vaccination drive.

February 28, 2021 / 12:58 PM IST
India's COVID-19 vaccination drive began on January 16. (Representative Image)

India's COVID-19 vaccination drive began on January 16. (Representative Image)

All citizens over the age of 60 and those who are above 45 with co-morbidities will from March 1 be able to get inoculated against the coronavirus as the government expands the vaccination drive.

To ramp up vaccination, the government has decided to rope in private hospitals. Phase 2 of inoculation comes at a time when some states are seeing a surge in infections, pushing up the national tally that had been declining for weeks.

India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,10,96,731 on February 28, with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, Union health ministry data shows. The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours.

In the first phase, launched on January 16, the government inoculated healthcare and frontline workers. So far, more than 1.2 crore doses have been administered, with 24.5 lakh people receiving both the doses.