Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Saturday asked whether the central government will have Rs 80,000 crore over the next one year to provide each citizen with the Covid-19 vaccine. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Quick question; will the government of India have Rs 80,000 crores available, over the next one year? Because that’s what Ministry of Health and Family Affairs needs, to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India. This is the next concerning challenge we need to tackle.”
With India reporting 85,362 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country crossed the 59 lakh-mark to reach 59,03,933. Also, as many as 1,089 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 93,379. At present, India has 9,60,969 active cases, while 48,49,585 people have been treated and discharged, the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The nation’s recovery rate has risen to 82.14 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.58 per cent.
Globally, as many as 32,475,585 people have been infected while 987,754 have lost their lives. Also, 22,377,620 people have recovered so far. India continues to remain the second worst-hit country after the United States, but topped the global chart in terms of virus recoveries.