Everyone is afraid of covid-19, but still, some people are not using proper safety rules to prevent spreading the virus. To stop spreading the virus, everyone needs to get vaccinated. CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has decided to offer free covid-19 vaccines to all above 18 years. They have also given consent for the purchase of 1.34 crore covid-19 vaccines. He added that they will make efforts to ensure that it is bought soon and provided to people earlier.
Delhi CM said that one vaccine producer said that they will offer vaccines at Rs.400/shot to the state government and the second producer said that they will offer at Rs.600/shot. Both producers will offer Rs.150/shot to the central government. He said that they are hoping that cost will remain the same for all.
He further added that he is requesting manufacturers of vaccines to please keep the cost of the vaccine low to Rs.150/dose. He said to the manufacturer that they have a whole life to earn money, and this time is critical for everyone as covid-19 cases are increasing day by day. He also requested the central government to cap the cost of the vaccine if required.
Serum Institute of India (SII)’s Covishield will offer at Rs. 400/dose to the state government and Rs.600/dose to private hospitals. Kejriwal said that the infection rate among children is also increasing, and if the vaccines used in India are safe for children below the age of 18, then they should be vaccinated too.
CM said, with the help of vaccines, this pandemic can be stopped. He added that according to the experts England got succeeded in stemming this covid-19 wave through large-scale vaccination. If everyone receives the vaccine, then covid-19 will be considered an ordinary disease.
On a Facebook post, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that the center was receiving vaccines at low cost than states, which was false news. He also wrote that the actual situation is that states is receiving free vaccine supply from one guaranteed channel, and they can get vaccines from another channel simultaneously because of their commitment and aspiration.
3rd Phase of Vaccination Drive
The central government has declared the vaccination drive expansion to involve everyone above 18 from May 1. The Union Health Ministry said on Thursday that registration of this vaccination drive will start from April 28. The document and process will remain the same as before to get the vaccine.
Under this phase, the manufacturer of the vaccine will generate 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) provided shots to the central government. They can supply the rest of 50% of shots to open market and state government.
Delhi has massive growth in covid-19 infected cases, and because of a spike in cases, it becomes the worst-hit city in India.
Recently, the Assam government has also announced free vaccines for all adults over 18. And, this inoculation drive will be conducted on May 1.
Apart from this, the Delhi government is making efforts to maximize the number of oxygen and beds for covid-19 patients in the national capital, CM said. He added that ITBP’s Radha Soami Covid care facility in Chhatarpur is now working today with 150 beds.
The positivity rate of the city crossed to 30.21% after it recorded over 22,900 cases. On Sunday, 350 deaths were recorded according to the Delhi Health Department that takes its death toll to 14,248. It had recorded 357 deaths, the highest since the pandemic started on Saturday, and on Friday 348, and 306 on Thursday, as per the government data.
As per the reports of the Health Department total number of people vaccinated in the Capital was 2,949,187, the information issued on April 25. Of these, people who received their first dose were 2,383,036, and 566,151 people have got both their doses.
Nationally, over 141 million vaccines have been administered, including 995,288 in the past 24 hours, as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) dashboard on Monday. There are two vaccines that are currently used: The Oxford University – AstraZeneca dose that is manufactured as ‘Covishield’ by Serum Institute of India (SII) that is Pune based and another is Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin that is Hyderabad based India’s home-made vaccine to fight against covid-19.