Free Covid-19 Vaccine For Everyone In West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

'I am happy to announce that our government is making arrangements to facilitate the administration of Covid-19 vaccine to all the people of the state without any cost,' Mamata Banerjee said

The government of West Bengal is making arrangements to provide all the citizens of the state with free vaccines for the novel coronavirus, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said. “I am happy to announce that our government is making arrangements to facilitate the administration of #COVID19 vaccine to all the people of the state without any cost,” said the chief minister.

The announcement of free vaccination for all by the chief minister comes months ahead of the assembly elections, which are expected to take place in April-May.

As of 16 January, India is expected to begin its COVID-19 vaccination drive with priority to be given to almost three crore healthcare and frontline staff nationwide. Emergency usage approval has been given to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with all Chief Ministers to address the ongoing situation of Covid-19 and also determine the preparedness of states before the launch of vaccines.

The announcement of free vaccination for all by the chief minister comes months ahead of the assembly elections, which are expected to take place in April-May.

Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, made a similar statement earlier. The southern state would also go to the polls along with Bengal.

A promise made by the BJP in its manifesto for the assembly elections held in October-November, the Bihar government also provided the cabinet nod to provide free vaccine to every citizen of the state.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, West Bengal’s Covid-19 tally rose to 5,59,886 as 787 more individuals tested positive for the infection, while 20 new deaths raised the state’s death toll from coronavirus to 9,922, a health bulletin said.

As many as 978 individuals have been cured of the disease, bringing the recovery rate to 96.79 percent among coronavirus patients in the state, it said. The state now has 8,034 active cases of COVID-19, while so far, 5,41,930 individuals have recovered from the disease, the bulletin said.

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