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Govt should allow anyone to take Covid vaccine at a capped rate: (REUTERS)
Govt should allow anyone to take Covid vaccine at a capped rate: (REUTERS)

COVID-19 vaccine: Allow vaccination for all and cap prices, Sajjan Jindal tells govt

  • I am confident that they can pull off the largest Vaccination Drive smoothly through our existing healthcare infrastructure: Jindal said.
  • It should cap the rates, say at 400, and allow anyone to take the vaccine while continuing to vaccinate the poor free of cost: he added.

The day after India crossed a massive milestone of vaccinating over one crore people, Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and MD of JSW Group, has a suggestion for the Indian government!

He said the govt should allow anyone to take Covid 19 vaccine at a capped rate, "while continuing to vaccinate the poor free of cost." He also suggested that the government should not worry about private hospitals making money during the vaccination drive.

On Friday, with exactly 34 days counting, India crossed a major milestone of vaccinating 1,01,88,007 healthcare workers and frontline workers.

According to the Union health ministry, India's vaccination coverage ranks third in the world, after the US with 55.2 million doses and the UK with 16.12 million doses. Both, the US and the UK have completed over 60 days of vaccination.

In fact, India is the second-fastest country to reach the one crore mark after the US, which completed it in 31 days. Meanwhile, the UK took 56 days to vaccinate one crore citizen.

Appreciating the initiatives taken by India government, Jindal tweeted: PMO India made some bold moves in 2020 for the safety of lives and livelihoods. I am confident that they can pull off the largest Vaccination Drive smoothly through our existing healthcare infrastructure. Time is of the essence here!

He further added: The government should not worry about private hospitals making money during the Vaccination Drive. It should cap the rates, say at Rs.400, and allow anyone to take the vaccine while continuing to vaccinate the poor free of cost.

With exactly 35 days clocking, over 1.08 cr people have been vaccinated against novel coronavirus in the country till Saturday evening.

Union Health Ministry informed: 1,08,38,323 total COVID vaccinations have been conducted till 6 pm on Feb 20. Of which, vaccination of the healthcare workers is 72,26,653. The first dose has been given to 63,52,713 and the second dose has been given to 8,73,940 beneficiaries.

For frontline workers, a total of 36,11,670 vaccinations has been done to date.

(With inputs from agencies)

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