Delhi High Court has slammed the Kejriwal government. The court said that it gave assurance to the people in the trust of the vaccine manufacturer. She was ‘overconfident’ that she would get the doses of the vaccine she requested. But, it didn’t happen. It is possible that thousands of people did not receive a second dose within six weeks of the first dose. The current situation arose because of him.
The Delhi government on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it prepared for vaccination of people with Covaxin on the basis of assurances from its manufacturer Bharat Biotech. According to the Delhi government, Bharat Biotech had assured the national capital to supply five lakh doses in May and four times in June.
Delhi government’s standing additional advocate Anuj Agarwal told the court that however, only 1.5 lakh doses were received in May and due to the Centre’s direction, no separate vaccine stock was maintained for the second dose. All doses were used to administer the first dose to people aged 18 to 44 years.
Justice Rekha Palli, after perusing the documents submitted by the Delhi government, observed that on May 11-12, when it was realized that Bharat Biotech would not supply more vaccines for the second dose, people should stop giving the first dose of Covaxin. Should have given
The court said the Delhi government was in “overconfidence” that it would get the dose of vaccine as per its request. If the supply of additional supplements from Bharat Biotech was not confirmed then the current situation arose from your own actions. In this, thousands of people may not have received a second dose within six weeks of the first dose.
“After May 11-12, you (Delhi government) should have stopped but you continued to vaccinate till May 24,” the court said.
Aggarwal said that around June 9, Bharat Biotech will send 15,000 doses of Covaxin and on July 2 will supply 90 thousand additional doses.
The court said the first batch of supplies would help only 10 per cent of the 1.5 lakh people who have been given the first dose and there would be time to give the second dose at the time of supply. It won’t help much.
“People took the first dose of the vaccine in the belief that you would provide the second dose as well,” the court said.
The Delhi High Court, with the matter listed for next hearing on June 7, directed the Delhi government to bring on the court record the documents of communication between the Center and Bharat Biotech.
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