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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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Maryland Zoo to vaccinate certain animals against COVID

One-month-old white Bengal tiger is vaccinated on July 29, 2021 in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China. Photo: Xu Peiqin/VCG via Getty Images.

The Maryland Zoo announced Tuesday that it will begin vaccinating certain animals that have been proven to be vulnerable to COVID-19.

Details: The vaccine, which has been specifically modified for animals, will be administered to "North American river otters, the chimpanzees and our cat species – Amur leopard, cheetah, bobcat, and lion," according to the announcement.

Sep 14, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pushes vaccine boosters ahead of FDA

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The state’s chief executive continues to urge Coloradans to get COVID-19 booster shots, even though federal regulators aren’t likely to begin offering them to the general public until Sept. 20.

In a briefing Monday, Gov. Jared Polis said people should "beat the rush" by getting the third dose this week and stressed that providers are offering boosters "to really anybody who asks."