Vastavam web: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the coronavirus vaccine, when it becomes available, should be given to everyone for free, NDTV reported. “The whole country should get free vaccine, the whole country has the right…” Kejriwal said while inaugurating a new flyover in Delhi’s Shastri Park and Seelampur neighbourhoods. The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced free coronavirus vaccines if voted back to power in the Bihar Assembly elections. The governments of Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also made similar promises.
Kejriwal had earlier this month taken a swipe at the BJP, asking if it would provide free vaccines even to those people who did not vote for the party during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, Puducherry on Saturday became the first Congress-ruled state to promise free coronavirus vaccines, India Today reported. Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the state will provide vaccines to its residents free of cost irrespective of whether the Centre provides the funds for it.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that healthcare workers – around three crore of them – would be the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is likely to come out early next year, and would be administered to about 25 crore people by July, the ministry has said.