Kerala assembly passes resolution, urges centre for free universal vaccination

On Wednesday, the Kerala Assembly collectively passed a resolution demanding the Centre provide Covid-19 vaccines free of cost to all states. The resolution also requested the government to set up global manufacturers to offer vaccines to the entire country instead of asking the states to purchase individually.

As the state reels under an acute shortage of vaccines, Veena George, Minister for Health, Women and Child Welfare, passed the resolution in the House. The resolution also urged the central government for the ideal distribution of the vaccines.

George said that to fight Covid -19, free universal vaccination must be provided, which will ensure the safety of all sections in the society from the virus. The first wave of Covid -19 had weakened the economy and now the country was facing the second wave.

She added that if necessary steps are taken for speeding up the vaccination, it would also help the economy. She urged everyone to join hands to fight against the pandemic and ensure universal vaccination.

Setting their political differences aside, members of the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front and the Congress-headed United Democratic Front together supported the resolution after recommending few changes.

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