Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Thursday claimed that the French embassy in India has procured Moderna anti-coronavirus vaccine and it’s being administered to its nationals at Navi Mumbai at the same time as solely three different vaccines are permitted within the nation.
The Minority Affairs Minister sought to know from the Centre how a “non-permitted” vaccine is allowed to be administered to the residents of France and their family members residing right here.
Mr Malik, who’s NCP’s nationwide spokesperson, additionally requested why the Centre can not procure the vaccine for the folks of India if the French Embassy can.
“Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are the three Vaccines which might be permitted in India by our authorities. In accordance with info obtained by me, the French Embassy in India has procured the vaccine @moderna_tx and is inoculating their residents and their family members at Navi Mumbai with the assistance of @ApolloHosMumbai,” Mr Malik tweeted.
“Query arises, how can a non-permitted vaccine be allowed to be administered? If they’ll get it, why cannot Indian authorities get it for our residents too. The federal government and the Well being Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan should make clear,” he added.
The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra, of which the NCP is a component together with the Shiv Sena and Congress, has been essential of the BJP-led central authorities over the alleged scarcity of vaccines required to inoculate the folks of the state.
Responding to Mr Malik’s declare, BJP chief Pravin Darekar stated, “There are not any precise particulars obtainable about his allegations. As per my info, each embassy has made provisions of COVID-19 vaccines for its personal employees working right here. Nonetheless, the Maharashtra authorities isn’t taking good care of its personal folks within the state, however losing time in pointing fingers at such non-issues.”
“It reveals the form of sensitivity this authorities has in direction of its folks,” the Chief of Opposition within the state Legislative Council stated.
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