WORLD Delhi chief minister says 5.1 million people in Indian capital to be given COVID-19 vaccine in first phase

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Delhi chief minister says 5.1 million people in Indian capital to be given COVID-19 vaccine in first phase

Xinhua

18:18, December 24, 2020

NEW DELHI, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Indian capital Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said it has identified 5.1 million people who will be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase across the city under the federal government's "priority category".

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Kejriwal addressed a webcast on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi.

The Chief Minister said currently Delhi has built and arranged storage capacity for 7.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and in the coming days it would be increased further.

"The storage capacity in the city will be increased further to 10.15 million doses in a week's time," he said.

Kejriwal said over 10 million doses are needed to cover priority categories comprising healthcare workers, police, civil defence volunteers, those aged above 50 and people aged below 50 with associated comorbidities such as diabetes, heart ailments among others.

"The corona situation in Delhi has improved over the past few days. The positivity rate has come down below one percent now. But, everyone is waiting for the vaccine now. The Delhi government has made all arrangements and is ready to receive the vaccine doses form the central (federal) government, to store it and to administer it to the identified people," he said.

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