By LE Desk

New Delhi, May 31: The Central government today told the Supreme Court that it is confident of vaccinating all eligible citizens above 18 years of age against the coronavirus disease by the end of this year.

In a suo moto hearing on Covid-19 crisis management in the country, the government explained its plan of vaccinating all eligible citizens and claimed that the domestic production of vaccines will suffice the demands of doses.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that production from domestic vaccine producers — Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Reddy’s Lab — will be enough to vaccinate all over 18 years of age, the Hindustan Times reported.

Spotlighting the ongoing crisis of depleting vaccine doses in the country, the apex court said that Central government should take the charge of sourcing vaccines for the entire country. This comes amid reports of several states floating global tenders to procure vaccine doses after facing severe scarcity of stock.

“In a national crisis, the Central government should procure vaccines for the entire country. States are left in a lurch. You should tell them that we will negotiate globally and procure vaccines for them so that there is a clarity,” the bench told Mehta.

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