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GoI releases revised vaccine guidelines, dose allocation to be based on population

New Delhi: 24 hours after the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced a free vaccine for all adults, the Government of India on Tuesday released revised guidelines for the country’s COVID vaccination programme.

These guidelines will be implemented from June 21. As part of new rules, vaccination doses will be provided free of cost to states and union territories based on each state’s population, disease burden and the progress to vaccination. Domestic vaccine manufacturers will be given the option to provide vaccine directly to private hospitals. Private hospitals will be allowed to charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose, a report by The Indian Express said.

India recorded 86,498 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.89 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 66 days. This is also the first time in over 2 months that the cases have fallen below the 1 lakh mark. Active cases further declined to over 13 lakh and over 2.73 crore people recovered after testing positive. With 2,123 new deaths, the toll is now at 3,51,309.

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