New Delhi: Questions have been asked in several quarters as to how everyone in India can be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of this year ever since Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made that claim last week.
On Wednesday, another Central minister reiterated that a plan ready to vaccinate the entire eligible population of the country before we bid goodbye to 2021.
According to Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, the Central government is expecting 250 crore vaccine doses to be available by December which will be enough to vaccinate almost the entire population.
The minister said that the government is in discussions with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson to bring COVID-19 vaccines to India.
“The government has made action plans to vaccinate all by the end of December (2021) and for production of 250 crore vaccine doses after speaking to several pharma companies. Sputnik arrived in Hyderabad yesterday… discussions are on to get Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson too,” Reddy told newspersons on Wednesday.
“India stands third compared to other countries, in terms of vaccinating its citizens. We have simplified import rules so private hospitals can import vaccines. The vaccination drive will run for the next 7-8 months. Be assured that everyone will get the vaccine,” the minister said.