CM calls on the Center to increase the vaccine quota
Kejriwal offers PM Modi four suggestions to overcome supply shortage, suggests distributing vaccines from overseas to states
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called on the Center to increase the vaccine quota for Delhi, saying vaccination centers for the 18-44 age group had been closed and inoculation had been halted due to of the vaccine shortage in Delhi.
Writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this, Mr. Kejriwal made four suggestions to the Center to address the lack of supply, including distributing international vaccines to states and purchasing vaccine stocks from countries with more. than what they need.
“In the past 24 hours, only 2,200 cases have occurred in Delhi. The infection rate has also declined over the past 24 hours and has only come down to 3.5%. But that doesn’t mean the dangers of COVID-19 have been blocked. It persists. We must take all the necessary measures to save ourselves from the virus, ”he said during a digital briefing.
“As of today, the youth vaccination campaign is over. The vaccines that the central government sent for young people are finished. I am extremely saddened by the fact that we have to close the youth vaccination centers due to the unavailability of vaccines, ”he said.
Mr Kejriwal said Delhi needed 80 lakh doses of vaccine per month, despite the city receiving only 16 lakh in May and the Center further reduced its quota for June. A letter received from the Center, he said, said the city would receive 8 doses of lakh vaccine in June.
So far, he said, the Delhi government had administered a total of 50 lakh vaccine doses and needed an additional 2.5 crore to vaccinate all adults in Delhi.
“At this rate, if only 8 lakh vaccines are provided each month, it will take 30 months to vaccinate all adults in Delhi. Until then, no one knows how many waves and deaths from COVID-19 will be seen. To save lives, we must immediately increase the availability of the vaccine in the country, ”he said.
Share the formula
“For that, I have four suggestions. First of all, Bharat Biotech, which manufactures Covaxin, is ready to give its formula to other companies. There are several vaccine manufacturing companies in the country. The central government should immediately invite all these companies and order them that all these companies should start making vaccines quickly, ”he also said.
In the next 24 hours, he said, all of these companies should bWe called and gave this order because every day was precious. He also suggested that all foreign vaccines be immediately cleared for use in India.
The Center, he said, should also purchase vaccines from foreign manufacturers and distribute them among states. Its third solution was that the Center should advocate with other countries that had reserves of vaccine doses for their populations in order to share them with India.
“The Indian government should advocate for the administration of these vaccines to India. The fourth suggestion is that all foreign vaccine manufacturing companies should be immediately allowed to manufacture vaccines in India, ”he said.
“I ask the central government to make vaccines available to Delhi as soon as possible. The maximum number of young people’s lives was lost in the second wave,” he said.