New Delhi: The much-awaited vaccination drive which will begin from Saturday will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notably, the vaccination drive is being said to be one of the world’s largest inoculation drives. Talking to news channel NDTV, NITI Aayog Member VK Paul said that around 3 lakh people will be vaccinated on the first day of the drive across the country.Also Read - World At 'Critical Juncture' In COVID Pandemic; Countries Should Work Together To End It: WHO

A total of 3,000 sites have been set up for the drive, with a plan to vaccinate 100 people every day at each location. “As the program progresses, it will be ramped up to 5,000 sites and more,” Paul informed the news channel. Also Read - 7 Countries in The World Where COVID-19 Never Touched Anyone

Covishield and Covaxin, the two COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU) have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible, VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said on Tuesday and noted that the two “are safest of the vaccines”. Also Read - Third Wave of Coronavirus in India: Has COVID Curve Started to Flatten, What Lies Ahead?

In the first phase, the Centre plans to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people in the first phase of the drive. Priority will be given to the healthcare and frontline workers who are estimated to be around three crores, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population with comorbidities numbering around 27 crores.

While Serum Insitute rolled out its vaccine the day before yesterday, Bharat Biotech shipped its first batch of homegrown vaccine from Hyderabad to Delhi on Wednesday. The Central government had yesterday asserted that 1.65 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines have been allocated to the states and Union Territories for health care workers, without any discrimination.