Vaccinate Indians first, then export COVID-19 doses: AAP tells Centre
The AAP questioned the Centre for sending COVID-19 vaccines across the world instead of further accelerating the inoculation drive within the country, claiming it will take at least 15 years to vaccinate the entire population of India at this rate. Addressing a press conference, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha questioned the reason for exporting vaccines and not supplying them to the people in India first.
It is important to take care of our own: Chadha
"Vaccination doses have been exported to 84 countries. The amount exported is higher than the number of vaccine doses given to the people in India. Should we care about people from our own country or from other countries?" Chadha said.
Need to pick up pace to vaccinate every Indian: Chadha
"Where has the Centre's vaccine nationalism gone? The AAP demands an increase in the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19 so that each and every Indian can get vaccinated," Chadha said. He further claimed that it will take 15 years to vaccinate the entire population of India if the vaccination drive continues at the current pace.
It will take 10 years to inoculate 70 percent population
Some scientists say that to contain the virus at least 70 percent of the population has to be vaccinated. "It will take 10 years to inoculate 70 percent of the population of the country if the vaccination continues at the current pace while at the current pace, vaccinating everyone in the country will take about 15 years," Chadha said.
More than 7.91 crore people have been vaccinated till date
In India, cumulatively, 7,91,05,163 vaccine doses have been administered through 12,31,148 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am. These include 90,09,353 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose, 53,43,493 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 97,37,850 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, and 41,33,961 FLWs who have taken the second dose.
Biggest single-day spike in cases recorded on Sunday
India on Sunday reported more than one lakh fresh coronavirus infections, marking the biggest single-day spike since the pandemic began. The nationwide tally has now reached 12.5 million cases. Meanwhile, more than 470 more patients died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,65,151. Maharashtra—the worst-hit state in India—continued to report a high daily positivity rate in coronavirus infections.