Delhi Government has decided to provide free vaccines to every person aged above 18 years. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, Delhi government has given the approval for the purchase of one crore 34 lakh doses of vaccines. Terming the vaccine the only solution to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Kejriwal said, the government is preparing plans for administration of vaccine doses to the people.
Expressing concern over the different pricing of vaccines for the State governments, the Chief Minister urged the vaccine manufacturers to provide the vaccine at 150 rupees per dose. He said, one vaccine producer said that they will provide vaccines to the state government at 400 rupees per dose and the second producer said that they will provide at 600 rupees per dose. He said, these companies have promised to provide vaccines at 150 rupees per dose to the Central Government. He said, efforts should be made to bring the people below 18 years of age under vaccination coverage.
Amid the shortage of beds facilities in Delhi, Mr. Kejriwal said that efforts have been made to increase the number of oxygen beds in the city. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendra Jain visited the Radha Saomi facility this morning. Mr. Kejriwal said that this facility started working with 150 beds and that will be subsequently increased to five thousand beds in the coming days. He said, 200 ICU beds will be arranged here for the treatment of Covid patients.