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India starts COVID jabs for kids ages 12-14 with own vaccine

Country widens inoculations as schools reopen; daily cases dip below 5,000

India has started a new COVID-19 inoculation drive, giving shots to children between the ages of 12 and 14.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India widened its COVID-19 vaccination coverage on Wednesday by launching an inoculation drive for children between the ages of 12 and 14 using a domestically developed vaccine, as in-person learning begins in most parts of the country after having been halted for two years.

"Today is an important day in India's efforts to vaccinate our citizens," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Wednesday, pointing out that India not only has many locally made vaccines, it has also granted approval to some vaccines produced overseas. "We are in a much better position to fight this deadly pandemic," he added.

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