Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought procurement of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to inoculate children. This comes after the US pharma company sought fast-track approval for its jab in India.
The US major has told Indian authorities that its vaccine is suitable for everyone aged 12 years or above and can be stored for a month at 2-8 degrees, sources had said. “We shud procure this vaccine asap for our children,” Kejriwal tweeted, citing a news story on fast-track approval sought by the company.
We shud procure this vaccine asap for our children https://t.co/uObqQDmpn8
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 27, 2021
The Delhi chief minister has been requesting the Central government to explore suitable vaccine options, citing opinion of experts that a possible third wave of COVID-19 in coming months may affect children.
The Delhi government has also suggested the Centre to vaccinate students and teachers if it decides to conduct class 12 Board exams delayed due to the second wave of the virus. Pfizer, which has offered 5 crore doses to India between July and October, recently held a series of interactions with Indian government authorities.