New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all the States on Monday evening (December 11) over the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines with the Covid-19 vaccination drive expected to commence next week.

“At 4pm on January 11, PM Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states via video conferencing. They will discuss the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination rollout,” the PMO said on its official Twitter handle.

This came even as Union health and family welfare minister Harsh Vardhan said it would soon be a reality to vaccinate the entire population in the country against Covid after prioritising risk groups.

In the meeting, the Prime Minister is expected to discuss the detailed plans to roll Covid vaccines in all the states, following the Drug Controller General India's (DCGI) approval for the restricted emergency use of two vaccines Serum Institute's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

This will be Modi’s first interaction with CMs following the approval of the two vaccines — Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. He has spoken at least six times with the chief ministers through video conferencing following the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

On January 3, two intramuscular vaccines - Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India - were approved for restricted emergency use. Both are two-dose vaccines.

Covishield is over 70% effective, while Covaxin is currently in the Phase 3 trials but is "safe and provides a robust immune response", the drug regulator had said last week.