The Indian government will offer free vaccines to all adults from 21 June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced.
India is offering free vaccines to all adults as it eases lockdown in several states following a steady fall in cases.
“It has been decided that from 21 June all adults over the age of 18 will be vaccinated free,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a televised address on Monday.
The new policy means the federal government will take over India‘s vaccine rollout, which has been widely criticised for being too slow amid the recent deadly wave of cases.
It comes as several states ease their COVID restrictions after the country recorded its lowest number of infections in two months.
Shops, restaurants and other businesses are allowed to reopen with limited hours in New Delhi and Mumbai, with some restrictions also lifted in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
The Delhi metro, which serves the city and surrounding areas, has reopened at 50% capacity, but Mumbai’s state rail network remains closed.