3-4 Coronavirus Vaccines In Weeks, Option To Choose: Dr Randeep Guleria

3-4 Coronavirus Vaccines In Weeks, Option To Choose: Dr Randeep Guleria


India's coronavirus vaccination drive began on January 16.

People may have a choice of three or four coronavirus vaccines in a few weeks, and pick which one to take with the government expanding the inoculation drive and allowing beneficiaries to choose their vaccination centres from Monday, chief of Delhi's premier All India Institutes of Medical Sciences has told NDTV.

"In a few weeks from now, we may have three or four vaccines. You can't have all of them available in one centre. One centre will be giving only one vaccine. But it is likely that in your area you may have more than one vaccine provided in different private hospitals and therefore it may indirectly give you some choice because you would know which vaccine is being given at which centre. But you can't go to a site and ask for one vaccine or the other," Dr Randeep Guleria told NDTV on Saturday.

The AIIMS chief said India needed to urgently ramp up vaccination with cases rising in six states.

"If we look at the number of people we have vaccinated, it's large but if we look at it on a percentage basis, it's very low because of the population of our country and therefore we have to look at a strategy where we can increase it exponentially. I think that is what is going to happen if we open it up to the private sector," he said.

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