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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday that the government would offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all adults later this month, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Previously, India had only provided free vaccines to elderly adults and front-line workers — meaning most people within the 18–45 age group would have to pay a fee in order to be vaccinated.

  • Under the new policy, the federal government would take over the vaccination efforts that state governments had previously managed.
  • India has administered 232 million doses since its vaccination drive began Jan. 16, with 3.4% fully immunized, per the Straits Times.
  • "No state will have to spend any money for vaccines,” Modi said, per The Wire.“Those who wish to get vaccines at private hospitals, will be able to do so. Private hospitals will be able to get 25% of the vaccines produced."
  • India has had a surge in coronavirus cases and has faced a catastrophic death toll.

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Global vaccine leader: Rich countries can fix COVID vaccine inequity

A leader of the global vaccination effort tells "Axios on HBO" that leaders of rich countries who "ignore the rest of the world" during pandemics are failing at their jobs.

The big picture: Countries like the U.S. have moved on to vaccinating children while health care workers in many countries still don't have enough doses to be fully vaccinated.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jun 6, 2021 - World

"Axios on HBO": Blinken vows to hold China accountable on COVID origins

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told "Axios on HBO" the Biden administration is determined to "get to the bottom" of COVID-19's origins, and said the U.S. will hold China accountable.

Why it matters: "The most important reason we have to get to the bottom of this is that's the only way we're going to be able to prevent the next pandemic or at least do a better job in mitigating it," he said during a wide-ranging interview in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room.