Kejriwal claims Delhi is not receiving adequate vaccines
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday, said that the city is not getting enough vaccines and reiterated if doses are made available in time his government could vaccinate everyone in the national capital within three months. Further, the Delhi government will decide about extending the ongoing lockdown in the city depending on the number of COVID-19 cases, he added.
Inoculation drive can be scaled up within 24 hours
Right now the citizens of Delhi themselves want this lockdown to continue to stop the spread of the virus, Kejriwal said after visiting a vaccination center at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Rajendra Nagar. He said Delhi has put in place infrastructure for vaccination which can be used to scale up inoculation drive massively within 24 hours.
Delhi has ordered 67 lakh doses each of Covishield, COVAXIN
The Delhi government has ordered 67 lakh doses each of the Covishield and COVAXIN vaccines. Full-fledged vaccination of people in the age group 18-44 years began in Delhi on May 2, after the city government received 4.5 lakh doses of vaccine. "The process of vaccination has started successfully but we have a very less quantity of vaccines," Kejriwal said.
Delhi is struggling with lack of oxygen
Kejriwal said his government is working with the Centre on the issue of oxygen supply. "We hope that Centre will provide Delhi with its required oxygen quota," he said. The Centre has allocated 590 MT of oxygen per day to Delhi. The city government has complained of getting less oxygen than the fixed quota and demanded it to be raised further to 976 MT.
Delhi has recorded over 12.5 lakh COVID-19 cases
The oxygen supply is being constantly monitored. A total of 43 SOS calls for oxygen were received from hospitals on Tuesday, Kejriwal said, and added the Delhi government is working round the clock to ensure there is no fatality due to lack of it. Delhi recorded 20,960 positive cases in the last 24 hours taking the total to 12,53,902. 311 deaths were reported yesterday.