The development has come at a time when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government is seeking adequate medical supplies for the national capital, including vaccine doses and oxygen, to meet its growing demand in the wake of the raging second wave of the Covid pandemic. "The Delhi government will float a global tender for vaccines," said Sisodia, who is also the nodal minister for Covid management in the national capital.
A.K. Pandey, the SHO of Gahmar police station in Ghazipur, told IANS that the bodies were found in a decomposed stage on the bank of the Ganga river. "Preliminary investigation reveals that the dead bodies could be 18 to 20 days old. There were 23 dead bodies recovered from the river and some of the dead bodies were partially cremated and then thrown into the river.
"Happy to announce that we have been informed that 2,67,690 doses of Covishield will be supplied to us by today evening by the centre," she added. Citing the numbers, Atishi explained that as of today, in Delhi, the two categories in which immunisation is happening are health care/frontline workers and those above 45 years apart from the second category of those between 18-45 years of age.
"We should not be dependent on just one or two companies for Covid vaccines. I would suggest the Centre should collect the formula to produce vaccines from these two companies (Covishield and Covaxin) and give it to all those companies that can produce vaccine safely. Centre has the power to do this in these difficult times," Kejriwal said.
"At present, there are only two companies -- Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech which are developing Covid vaccines. However, India is scrambling to get adequate vaccines. We should not be dependent on just two firms on vaccines as demand has increased at multiple folds in the county," said Kejriwal.
The firefight between terrorists and security forces started after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists. "Two more terrorists killed in Anantnag encounter. Total three terrorists were killed. Search is going on," police said.