The Centre vs state altercation over Covid vaccine doses witnessed contemporary spherical of allegations from Maharashtra on Thursday. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope claimed that Gujarat, which has much less inhabitants than Maharashtra, has been provided a much bigger inventory of vaccine by the Centre.
Tope additionally questioned the Modi authorities’s transfer to ship vaccines to numerous different nations moderately than offering it to states battling the pandemic.
“We want at least 40 lakh vaccine dosages every week. Instead of supplying vaccines to other countries, supply them to our own states. The centre is helping us but it is not helping us in the way it should,” Rajesh Tope mentioned.
“Gujarat is half of the population of Maharashtra. Gujarat has got 1 crore vaccines till now, however, we have got only 1.04 lakhs vaccine dosages,” he added.
According to the newest launch order of vaccines from Centre, Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages solely. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and different states have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra, the minister mentioned.
Tope mentioned he and senior NCP chief Sharad Pawar have spoken to Union Health Minister Dr. Hardh Vardhan over the problem of scarcity of vaccine in Maharashtra. He mentioned that the Centre has assured Maharashtra the criticism will probably be regarded into and corrective measures will probably be taken wherever required.
“I talked to Dr Harshavardhan immediately after this, even Sharad Pawar talked to him. I raised issue of discrimination with us. We have most number active patients, positivity rate and death with 12 crore population. Why we are given so few vaccines?” Tope mentioned.
“Harshvardhan Ji assured me that corrections will be done soon. We are still waiting. We want 1.6 crore vaccine dosages per month and 40 lakh every week because we are vaccinating 6 lakh people every day,” he mentioned.
Earlier, a number of reviews mentioned that vaccination are a number of centres needed to be suspended due to the scarcity of doses.
Harsh Vardhan had on Wednesday denied scarcity of Covid vaccines in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, including that there have been makes an attempt by some state governments to “distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people.”
“I have seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about shortage of vaccines. This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic. The inability of Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension,” the Union minister mentioned in a press release.
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