New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, said that COVID-19 does not cause serious health issues in people who have been vaccinated against the disease and such patients normally do not require hospitalization.
As the spike of the second wave is uprising in the entire country, especially in the metropolitan cities, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that his government will provide free vaccines to everyone above the age of 18 years in the city.
Addressing a virtual press conference, Kejriwal said that his government has been given the approval to purchase 1.34 crore vaccines.
“We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered at the earliest to the people,” Kejriwal said, while noting that vaccines have emerged as an effective tool to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
“One vaccine producer said that they'll provide vaccines to the state governments at Rs 400 per dose and the second producer said that they'll provide at Rs 600 per dose. Both of them will keep the price at Rs 150 per dose for the Central government. I hope that the prices remain the same for all,” the Delhi CM said.
“I appeal to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the price to Rs 150 per dose. You have an entire lifetime to earn profits. This is not the time to do that when there is a raging pandemic. I also appeal to the Central government to cap the price (of vaccines) if needed,” he added.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded 22,923 fresh COVID-19 cases along with 350 deaths. The positivity rate in Delhi now stands at 30.21 per cent.