New Delhi: Amid the growing corona virus being seen in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday that his government would provide free vaccines to all people above the age of 18 in the city.
Addressing a virtual press conference, Kejriwal said that his government has approved the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. Kejriwal said, “We will try to make sure that it is bought as soon as possible and that people are planted as soon as possible.”
The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party stated that Kovid-19 does not cause serious health issues in those who have been vaccinated against the disease and such patients usually do not require hospitalization.
‘No time to make profits on vaccines’
Kejriwal also asked to consider the vaccine pricing issue and called for equal cost to both the central and state governments.
He said, “One vaccine manufacturer said that they would provide vaccines at Rs 400 per dose to the state governments and another manufacturer said that they would provide Rs 600 per dose. These two would keep the price at Rs 150 per dose for the central government. Me Hopefully the prices will be the same for everyone. I appeal to the vaccine manufacturers to reduce the price to Rs 150 per dose. You have a full lifetime to earn profits. This is not the time to do this. I ask the central government I also appeal that the price (of vaccines) be fixed if needed.
The Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine called Covishield in India, has said that it will provide vaccines to the state governments for Rs 400 per dose, while private hospitals will be given 600 per dose. The third phase of the vaccination program starts on May 1.
Bharat Biotech, which has indigenously developed covaccine, has set a price of Rs 600 per dose for state governments and Rs 1,200 for private hospitals.
The CM of Delhi also called on scientists and vaccine manufacturers to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine for children, which has become highly vulnerable even in the second wave.
He said, “We have seen that even children under 18 are getting infected. Some died. The time has come for them to think as well. If these vaccines are safe and effective for them, they should be given them. If not, I hope that soon new vaccines will be developed which will be effective and safe for children.