Senior government officials in India are suggesting that the country may not need to vaccinate all of its 1.3 billion people against COVID-19 if it manages to inoculate a critical mass and break the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as reported in the National Post.
"The government has never spoken about vaccinating the entire country," stated Rajesh Bhushan, the top bureaucrat in India's federal health ministry.
Meanwhile, Balram Bhargava, director general of the state-run Indian Council Of Medical Research, said "if we are able to vaccinate a critical mass of people, and break that virus transmission, then we may not have to vaccinate the entire population."
In October, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the government was preparing to reach every single citizen as soon as a vaccine was ready.
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