Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday said that the state is considering importing vaccines directly for the use of citizens in Mumbai and vaccinating people within three weeks.
Thackeray told in an interview with NDTV publication, he said, Like other states, we are scrambling and struggling for vaccines. We are looking at the possibility of globally procuring vaccines for Mumbai. If we can do that, we have a roadmap to vaccinate the people of Mumbai within three weeks.
Thackeray, who serves as state Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment, said that the cost of import is not a factor and the state is looking at the procurement of the vaccines at the earliest. He went on to say that they were all the more positive about this because the vaccine hesitancy which was prevalent in the days after vaccines were launched has gone away. People are now eager to get both the shots and carry on with post-Covid life, which he thinks is crucial, he added.
Over the past few weeks, Maharashtra has witnessed alarming cases of Covid deaths. However, the Covid numbers have dropped fast from 11,000-plus on April 14 to 1,794 over the last 24 hours. On this, Thackeray said until all citizens are vaccinated, they are not safe.
Regarding the vaccination, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a different app than Co-WIN for its registration because with many people on the app at a time it is difficult to get appointments.
According to the state health department bulletin, Maharashtra on Monday registered less than 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 and 549 related fatalities, taking the caseload and death toll to 5,138,973 and 76,398 respectively. As many as 61,607 were discharged today and the total recoveries in the state climbed to 4,469,425.