Karnataka govt salts away Rs 400 crore for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine doses

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, on Friday, has announced that the government is going to earmark Rs 400 crore for 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Karnataka government lays aside Rs 400 crore in order to acquire 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announces on Friday.

In addition to this, CM Yediyurappa has also appealed to the ones who are above 18 years to get registered for the vaccination which is all set to commence from the 1st of May, 2021.

“Karnataka will procure 1 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines as we begin to inoculate citizens between 18 to 44 years from the 1st of May. Rs 400 crore has been earmarked for this in the first phase. I urge all those above 18 to register themselves for the vaccine starting from April 28”, said CM Yediyurappa in a tweet.

The point to be noted is that the Centre, on April 19, 2021, had promulgated a liberalized policy for the masses, i.e., changing the eligibility criteria in order to get vaccinated; all above 18 years are now eligible to take the vaccine.

The liberalized policy now allows the states to purchase the Covid-19 vaccines directly from manufacturers.

India commenced its vaccination drive on January 16, 2021, and now, as per the reports issued by the health ministry, over 13.23 crore of Covid vaccine doses.

Although, in Karnataka, CM Yediyurappa, who was undergoing Covid treatment, got discharged from the hospital on Thursday. He held a meeting with the officials regarding the pandemic situation in the state, he said that it has become ‘uncontrollable.

CM Yediyurappa added, “The situation is deteriorating with each passing day. In every house, 3-4 people are infected.”

Yesterday, the state reported 3,32,921 Covid-19 cases with a seven-day average of 2,81,683 which is indeed a disconcerting figure for a state with a population of 6.41 crores.

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