Prime Minister Narendra Modi said union government will provide free vaccine to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age from June 21.
Indian government will buy 75% of the total production of the vaccine producers and provide to the states free of cost, he said.
Modi informed that the system of 25% vaccines being procured directly by the private hospitals will continue. State governments will monitor that only Rs 150 service charge is levied by the private hospitals over the decided price of the vaccines.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 23.59 Cr as of late June 7.
Prime Minister Modi also said 80 crore people will continue to get decided amount of free food grain every month till Diwali under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna.