The Union government claimed that it never spoke of vaccinating the entire Indian population.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan made the comment while addressing a press briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava elaborated on the statement.
He explained that if the government vaccinates a 'critical mass' of people, it may be able to break the chain of transmission.
The government's clarification came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited 3 Covid vaccine laboratories to take stock of the progress in clinical trials and production.
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