- The government has assembled an all-party meeting on 4 December, which will be the second such gathering after the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.
- Floor heads of all parties from the two houses of parliament have been called for the meeting, which will be held at 10.30 am through a video conference.
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The government has assembled an all-party meeting on 4 December, which will be the second such meeting after the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The meeting is likely to discuss the state of the epidemic, the vaccine network, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Floor heads of all parties from the two houses of parliament have been called for the gathering, which will be held at 10.30 am through a video conference.
Aside from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will be available in the meeting.
There may be deliberations on the convening of the Winter Session of Parliament, which may be combined with the Budget Session which usually begins in the last week of January. Congress leader Manish Tiwari on Thursday demanded that the winter session of Parliament be held at the earliest to debate various pressing issues in the country, such as agrarian reform laws, farmers’ opposition against the Chinese invasion and the Covid-19 crisis.
As far as Covid-19 is concerned, the all-party meeting follows some important meetings held in the last few weeks. On November 24, PM Modi held a video conference with chief ministers and other representatives of all states and union territories and discussed the government’s preparation of the vaccine. On 28 November, PM visited vaccine development sites in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune. On 30 November, OM Modi held talks with three other vaccine manufacturers – Genova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr Reddy.
Five antibody candidates are in cutting edge phases of advancement. While four are in Phase II-III and one is in Phase I-II trials.
An estimated one crore frontline health workers will receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine whenever it is available, providing data identifying workers in approximately 92 percent of government hospitals and 55 percent of private hospitals in all states and union territories.