On Thursday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appreciated Centre’s policy of buying vaccines for all beneficiary groups to distribute among states from June 2 which comes after Supreme Court’s intervention and its pressure. He remarked this move of Centre as a better late than never.
Earlier, PM Modi had announced that the Union government would take over the responsibility of procuring vaccines and distributing them to the states after the Supreme Court highlighted concerns on supply shortage and production of vaccines.
However, Kejriwal questioned whether enough vaccines would be available or not, expressing his concerns over production capacity. He added that if sufficient numbers of vaccines are available and other states also start to follow Delhi’s model of vaccination drive then in three months the whole population can be vaccinated.
The Chief Minister of the national capital referred to the government policy of his city that has engaged 13,000 odd booth level officers and MLA’s who are visiting every household and has convinced people aged 45 years and above in order to vaccinate them earliest at their nearest vaccination centres.
The improvement in vaccine supplies have enabled an increase in the number of vaccination centres in the national capital. According to the records, the city has administered around 5.79 million people with at least one dose of the vaccine while 1.34 million have been jabbed with both.
Earlier, due to the inadequate supplies there had been a two weeks suspension in government-run vaccine centres for 18-45 aged people.