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Sisodia: 400 Vaccination Sites Closed In Delhi For 18-44 Age Group, Due To Shortage

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New Delhi: The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia says “Vaccination sites are closed in Delhi due to shortage”. The shortage has put a halt to the ongoing vaccine drive, Sisodia further added “Vaccination sites have been closed for 18-44 age in Delhi”. The vaccination centers administering Covaxin for 45+ years, front line workers and healthcare staff have also been shut down due to scarcity of doses.  Sisodia says “We have contacted Moderna, Pfizer and other leading manufacturers for vaccines. Unfortunately, they have declined our request and refused to sell to us directly as they are talking to the centers. Pfizer and Moderna are not approved by the center, whereas they are being sold around the globe and being frequently bough by numerous countries”. In this dire need of the hour, Sisodia has made a request and quoted “Please don’t take the vaccination program as a joke”. He has urged the Center to approach Pfizer and Moderna to procure an adequate amount of vaccine supplies.  Many other countries proactively bought the vaccines in advance, whereas no such action was taken by India. It is the responsibility of the center to arrange the needful and make the vaccines available for the entire population, Sisodia added.  On this subject matter, Chief Minister of New Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal also wrote to the PM “Delhi requires 80 lakh dose per month to vaccinate the entire population in three months. However, we have only received 16 lakh doses in the month of May”.  He raised his appeal and requested the center to increase the allotted vaccine quota in the capital. Kejriwal said, “Revise the process of vaccine procurement amid the shortage, import the vaccines from foreign countries and distribute it to the states”. 
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