Dr Harsh Vardhan said by the end of the year, the country will be in a position to vaccinate at least all of its adult population
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan last week said India will have procured 267 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of this year, and will be in a position to inoculate at least all of its adult population, according to an official statement. The minister said that 51 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses will be made available by July and 216 crore more between August and December. He urged states to ensure that the healthcare and frontline workers are fully vaccinated, as they form the vulnerable categories.
Interacting with the health ministers and principal secretaries/ additional chief secretaries of West Bengal and eight northeast states, Vardhan said, “Between August to December 2021, India will have procured 216 crore vaccine doses while, by July this year, 51 crore doses will be procured.”
He said that by the end of the year, the country will be in a position to vaccinate at least all of its adult population, according to the health ministry statement. West Bengal and the eight states of the North-eastern region are depicting a higher growth rate in the number of daily cases, high mortality and increasing positivity rate, the statement said.
Meanwhile today, the different official state handles of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started tweeting about how free vaccinations in a huge number of centers run by the State governments across the country have come to a thudding halt while lucrative vaccinations by private hospitals are being offered at the same time. Soon many influential people started talking about the issue and the #VaccinationGhotala started trending on Twitter. One vaccination package offered by a private company that went viral in particular was by Radisson Hyderabad Hitec City luxury hotel.
Users on the micro-blogging website attacked the vaccination policy of the BJP led Central Government and took jibes at it in the following manner:
While the country is still recording over 1.5 Lakh cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis, vaccination is deemed to be the only way to stop the virus from wreaking further havoc. However, with blunders like this, the Central Government might be on its way to ram India into another COVID crisis.