Close on the heels of the BJP’s polls promise of free coronavirus vaccine in Bihar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami became the first non-BJP leader to announce a similar scheme for the people of the state. The Chief Minister said once the vaccine is ready, it will be provided to people of the state free of cost. Tamil Nadu is to go in for Assembly elections in April-May next year.
Earlier today, the BJP promised to offer a free coronavirus vaccination as part of its manifesto for the Bihar Assembly election 2020. The BJP’s announcement of providing free coronavirus vaccination in Bihar has become the centre of debate on social media. BJP’s announcement did not quite go well with the opposition that alleged it is an attempt to use the vaccine for its political agenda.
Last week, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced that the government was hoping to get a vaccine early next year from more than one source. He also said the government and experts are formulating strategy on how to distribute the vaccine in the country. The government has so far not answered on the questions of coronavirus vaccine delivery and its pricing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held several meetings to oversee the government’s management for the storage and distribution of the vaccine.
As the country proceeds towards the winter season, experts said cooler weather is likely to worsen the coronavirus spread which may lead to a bigger wave of cases and deaths in the country.
As per the Health Ministry data released on Thursday, India reported 55,838 coronavirus cases and 702 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infections rose to 77,06,946 while the fatalities surged to 1,16,616.
Tamil Nadu is the fifth worst-affected state by the coronavirus. Till Wednesday night, the Tamil Nadu authorities had conducted 91.9 lakh tests in the state.