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India gears up for massive vaccine distribution drive

COVID warriors among first in line to receive shots targeting 300 million people

A health care worker administers Covaxin, an Indian government-backed experimental COVID-19 vaccine, during trials in the country on Nov. 26.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- With all eyes on its efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, India -- the world's second worst-hit country with over 9.8 million cases -- is readying a huge vaccination drive, aiming to inoculate around 300 million people by August 2021.

Among groups being identified for the first shots are 10 million health care providers in the government and private sectors and 20 million other front line workers, such as police and armed forces.

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