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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan urges PM Modi to make Kovid-19 vaccine free

The CM commended the people for their contribution to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the foot expenditure of the vaccine. He said that the second wave was important in Kerala and the government would do everything possible to save lives.

Published on APR 24, 2021 01:39 AM IST

With Kerala reporting another sharp spike of 28,447 Kovid-19 cases, the most since the outbreak began last year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to twist the proposed vaccine policy and ensure a free dose to the overzealous state said to.

Talking to the media in the state capital, the CM said that in a virtual meeting chaired by the PM, he made them aware of the shortage of vaccines and told them that the new policy would put additional burden on the state which is already in effect in the ubiquitous epidemic. . He hoped that the Central Government would soon take a proactive decision on this.

“Major vaccines in India were distributed free of cost. When the country is going through a difficult situation it is not appropriate to charge on vaccines. The three-tier pricing mechanism is really tricky. Hopefully, the PM will realize this and it will be reconsidered. ‘He said that the state needs 1300 crores to meet the vaccine bill if the Center insists on a fee for vaccines.

Vijayan said that states cannot wait for the dosage interim and it will formulate a plan to buy directly from the market. “Vaccination is important for herd immunity. We want to complete it as quickly as possible so that it can bounce. Only 11 percent of the people in the state were exposed to the virus, so we have to work fast. ‘

The CM commended the people for their contribution to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the foot expenditure of the vaccine. “It’s really warm at heart. On friday we met more than this One crore on this side. This shows the sentiment of the people. We will create a separate fund for this and use it only for vaccines. ‘

He said that the second wave was important in Kerala and the government would do everything possible to save lives. He said, “This is more than we expected.” There is no short cut but people have to go through the restrictions. If we can get ahead this year like last year, then we will work. The government has also convened an all-party meeting on Monday. He said that the ban will be decided further after the all-party meeting.

The state has hit another high reporting 28,477 cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 21.78 percent. With 27 fatalities, the death toll stood at 5055. Ernakulam district topped the list with 4548 cases. The active caseloid also went up to 1,78,983. The first coronavirus case in the country was reported in Kerala in January 2020, when a medical student in China returned to Thrissur.

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