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'Covaxin to Last a Day, Covishield Enough for 4 Days': Delhi Health Minister's SOS on Vaccine Stocks

A beneficiary receives Covid-19 vaccine shot at a Covid-19 centre.

A beneficiary receives Covid-19 vaccine shot at a Covid-19 centre.

This came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi government can vaccinate the entire national capital in three months.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Monday told reporters that there is enough Covaxin to last only a day and Covishield enough for around four days.

“There is only one day of Covaxin left in Delhi and only three to four days of Covishield. We need vaccines at the earliest," said Jain.

This came a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi government can vaccinate the entire national capital in three months if he gets nearly 85 lakh doses a month.

About 1 lakh vaccine doses are being administered in the city every day presently, the Chief Minister said, and the daily figure needs to be increased to 3 lakh.

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Kejriwal also said the number of Covid-19 vaccination centres will be increased three times in Delhi and demanded that the Centre supply of around 2.6 crore vaccine doses for inoculation of all people in the national capital in the next three months.

Currently, vaccination is going on at 100 centres in Delhi. The number of centres will be increased to 250-300 by the Delhi government, he said in an online briefing.

In order to vaccinate all people in Delhi, over three crore doses will be required, out of which around 40 lakh have already been received, he said. The chief minister urged the Centre to provide it 85 lakh doses per month so that all the Delhiites could be vaccinated in the next three months.

He said that due to good arrangements in Delhi, people from NCR towns like Noida, Ghaziabad were also reaching here to get the vaccines. So, Delhi will require a little more than three crore doses, he said. He said that Delhi currently has vaccine doses to vaccinate people for next 5-6 days and urged the Centre to provide adequate doses.

He said Delhi is currently administering one lakh vaccine doses per day and it could increase this number to three lakh. Citing warnings of a third wave of Covid-19, he said that vaccination is the only safeguard against the deadly virus. He also urged the Centre and the experts for finding alternatives to vaccinate children below 18 years of age.

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