Zydus Cadila vaccine will be available soon for 12-18 age group: Centre tells Supreme Court

The Centre has said that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available for the 12-18 age group. The new vaccine being developed by Zydus Cadila will be available soon, the Centre told Supreme Court in an affidavit.

The Centre also briefed the court about the status of vaccine availability in the country, and its overall plan to vaccinate all adults by December end.

The total population of the country aged 18 years and above is approximately 93-94 crore. Administering two doses to these beneficiaries would require an estimated 186 to 188 crore vaccine doses.

A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud had slammed the Centre’s Covid vaccination policy, describing as “prima facie arbitrary and irrational” allowing states and private hospitals to charge those in the 18-44 age group while the vaccines were offered free for groups in the first two phases, and ordered its review.

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