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Vijayan again calls for free vaccines, Kerala sees over 28K new cases
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Vijayan again calls for free vaccines, Kerala sees over 28K new cases
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Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (TIWN) With the daily number of Covid positive cases reaching record highs in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday reiterated that vaccines should be provided free of cost by the Centre.

On Friday, the state saw 28,447 turned Covid positive, an all-time high in the state from 1,30,617 samples sent for testing in the past 24 hours.  Across the state, there are 1,78,983 active cases presently.  Vijayan said on Friday that states had an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in the video conference, Kerala has yet again noted that the state will have to foot Rs 1,300 crore for the vaccine - a substantial sum for cash-crunched states like it.  "Other states also raised the same issue but the PM did not give a clear-cut reply to this. Hence we have no time to waste, we have already commenced talks with the manufacturing companies to buy what we require," he said.  Vijayan said with the second wave, surge has reached dangerous levels and absolute caution has to be maintained by all.

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