Free vaccine for all in Kerala: CM Vijayan
COVID-19 vaccine will be made available free of cost to all people in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. “No one will be charged for the vaccine. This is the stand of the government,” he told reporters at Kannur.
The Centre on Tuesday said three COVID-19 vaccines, developed by Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India and Pfizer, are under active consideration of India’s drug regulator and there is hope that early licensure is possible for all or any of them. Five vaccine candidates are under different phases of clinical trials in the country.
Vijayan said the quantity of the vaccine that would be allotted to the state by the Centre was not yet known.
If the cases do not increase, this trend (of cases declining) will continue, the chief minister added.
Kerala on Saturday recorded 5,949 COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths, taking the caseload to 6.64 lakh and the toll to 2,594. The active cases stood at 60,029.