A thief who had fled with a bag containing over 1,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday in Haryana's Jind later had a change of heart. The unknown accused returned the haul and also left a note saying he didn't know about the contents of the bag while whisking it away.
"Sorry, I didn't know it was medicines for corona," the thief wrote in Hindi in the note attached to the returned bag full of Covishield and Covaxin doses.
The police are now tracking the thief and have filed a case into the theft from the Jind General Hospital's storeroom.
Around noon, the thief gave the bag to a man at a tea shop outside the Civil Lines police station. The unknown accused left after telling the man that he was delivering food for the police and needed to run another errand.
The police suspect the thief may have stolen the vaccines mistaking them to be the anti-viral drug Remdesivir.
Starting May 1, India is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination drive to include those above 18. The registration for this category will open on April 28. The inoculation process and the documents to be submitted for it remain the same.
The surge in Covid cases in recent weeks is part of what is now being called a deadlier second wave of the pandemic. Social media is full of stories of desperate people trying to find oxygen or even a hospital bed for their friends and family.