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Asia today. India expands vaccine engine

NEW DELHI (AP) – India has expanded its COVID-19 vaccine engine beyond front-line health care providers by offering care to older people with medical conditions that put them at risk.

People eligible for the vaccine include people over 60, as well as people over the age of 45 who have a disease such as heart disease or diabetes, which makes them vulnerable to serious COVID-19 disease. The staff will be provided free of charge at public hospitals and sold at more than 10,000 private hospitals for a fixed price of Rs 250 per shot or $ 3.40.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to be vaccinated on Monday. Modi, 70, was filmed at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He called on everyone to be vaccinated, then tweeted: “Together let’s make India COVID-19 for free.”

The country, with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, launched one of the world’s largest vaccine engines in January, but its spread is slow.

New coronavirus infections are on the rise again after months of steady decline. Եւ Scientists have identified alarming versions of the virus that they fear could speed up infections or make vaccines or treatments less useful. Vaccinating more people is a priority, the Indian Ministry of Health said on Sunday, urging states not to “reduce their guards” and “waste last year’s hard-earned teamwork”.

India has more than 11 million cases, the second largest in the world after the United States, with more than 157,000 deaths in the country from COVID-19.

In other developments around the Asia-Pacific region.

– The Philippines has launched a vaccination campaign to curb one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in Southeast Asia. However, the engine faces supply problems խնդիրների public resistance. Government officials, along with paramilitary և military և police personnel, were among the first to be vaccinated at six hospitals in the Manila metro on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte and other high-ranking officials received 600,000 doses of COVID donated by China on Sunday. The Philippines was one of the last countries in Southeast Asia to receive its first batch of vaccines due to delivery delays, although it reported more than 576,000 infections, including 12,318 deaths, the second highest in South Asia after Indonesia. The quarantine restrictions have pushed Manila’s economy back into one of the worst recessions in the region, leading to unemployment and famine.

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