New Delhi: Delhi government has decided to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone above 18 years of age, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday. In a huge relief for the residents of national capital ravaged by the pandemic, the CM said, “Today we have given the approval for the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered to people at the earliest.”Also Read - Delhi Government Extends Delhi Retail Liquor Licence By 2 Months

Questioning the different prices of vaccines for states and Centre, Kejriwal lamented that one vaccine producer said they will provide vaccines to the state governments at Rs 400/dose and the second producer said they will provide at Rs 600/dose. “Both of them will keep the price at Rs 150/dose for the Central government. I hope the prices remain the same for all,” he added. Also Read - Delhi Man Robs Relative's House, Later Helps Them Lodge FIR

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He appealed to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the vaccine price to Rs 150/dose. “You have an entire lifetime to earn profits. This is not the time to do that when there is a raging pandemic. I also appeal to the Central Govt to cap the price (of vaccines) if needed: Delhi CM,” Delhi CM said.

Expressing concern about those below 18 years getting infected, Kejriwal said, “We’ve seen children below 18 getting infected too. Some died. It’s time to think for them too. If these vaccines are safe and effective for them, they should be given these. If not, then I hope new vaccines will be developed soon that will be effective and safe for children.”

(With inputs from ANI)