New Delhi: Two days ahead of phase III of the national Covid vaccination drive, which will include all adults, the Delhi government today said the city had run out of doses. The administration now awaits fresh supplies from private companies, state Health Minister Satyendar Jain, adding that people will be informed when stocks are replenished.
“We don’t have vaccines as of now. We have made requests to the company regarding vaccines, we will tell you when it comes,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
The statement comes as a shock to the citizens because it comes two days ahead of the third phase of the vaccination drive which is much sought after. In this phase of the vaccination drive those who are above the age of 18 years will be allowed to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab.
We don't have vaccines as of now. We have made requests to the company regarding vaccines, we will tell you when it comes: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain when asked about inoculation of people above 18 years of age, from May 1st. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/gJn5xQInFp
— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2021
In the meantime, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to hold a meeting with high-level officials later on Thursday to review the COVID-19 situation in the national capital.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is also expected to attend the meeting being chaired by Arvind Kejriwal.
Additionally, the Health Minister also added that the Delhi government is hoping for a positive impact of the COVID-19 curbs soon and it looks like the positivity rate will gradually come down in the city.
“In the last 1.5 months, the daily positivity (rate) had never been below the 10-day average, but it has been below for 3 days now. So we can see a ray of hope, it seems the positivity rate will gradually come down here,” Satyendar Jain said.
The city has also borne the brunt of an acute resource shortage that has hit the country in recent weeks due to the overwhelming inflow of patients into hospitals.
Under the third phase of the vaccination drive, which is also dubbed “liberalised”, vaccine makers will supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory-released doses to the Government of India and will be allowed to supply the remaining half to state governments and in the open market.
Meanwhile, India reported the highest ever single-day spike with 3,79,257 fresh coronavirus infections, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,83,76,524 on Thursday (April 29), as per data by the health ministry.
The country’s total COVID-19 caseload has now increased to 1.83 crore (1,83,76,524), of which, 30.84 lakh (30,84,814 ) are active cases. India has also witnessed 2.04 lakh (2,04,832) coronavirus-related deaths.