Harsh Vardhan slams Maharashtra govt over Covid-19 vaccine shortage

Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan lashed out at Maharashtra authorities and another states, accusing them of making an attempt to cowl their “failures” in containing the pandemic by making “deplorable” makes an attempt by means of “irresponsible” statements to distract consideration and spreading panic amongst individuals.

In a strongly-worded assertion, the minister rubbished Maharashtra authorities’s declare of scarcity of vaccines as “completely baseless”, and mentioned the “lackadaisical” angle of the state authorities has “singularly slowed down” the whole nation’s efforts to struggle the virus.

“The lack of the Maharashtra authorities to behave responsibly is past comprehension. To unfold panic among the many individuals is to compound the folly additional. Vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and state governments are being apprised commonly about it. Allegations of vaccine scarcity are completely baseless,” he mentioned.

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Vardhan’s sharp counter-offensive got here hours after Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned many inoculation centres in Maharashtra are being shut on account of a scarcity of the coronavirus vaccines and that the state now has 14 lakh doses which might solely final for 3 days.

“We want 40 lakh vaccine doses each week. We will then administer six lakh doses day by day in per week. The doses we’re getting will not be sufficient,” Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope had mentioned.

Vardhan additionally mentioned the allegations of vaccine scarcity are completely baseless and the states, together with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, want to enhance the implementation of their testing and containment methods and vaccination drive.

He mentioned the “lackadaisical” angle of the Maharashtra authorities has “singularly slowed down” the whole nation’s efforts to struggle the virus.

Maharashtra recorded the very best every day depend of 59,907 instances and 322 deaths on Wednesday.

“The lack of the Maharashtra authorities to behave responsibly is past comprehension. To unfold panic among the many individuals is to compound the folly additional. Vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and state governments are being apprised commonly about it. Allegations of vaccine scarcity are completely baseless,” Vardhan mentioned.

Vardhan, nonetheless, mentioned when states ask to open up vaccine provides to everybody over 18, “we should presume that they’ve performed saturation protection of healthcare employees, frontline employees and senior residents”.

“However the information are altogether totally different,” he mentioned.

He identified that Maharashtra has vaccinated solely 86 % of well being employees with the primary dose, whereas the equal numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 72 % and 64 %

Noting that Maharashtra’s “testing will not be on top of things and their contact tracing leaves loads to be desired”, the Union minister mentioned statements made by public representatives within the state concerning the scarcity of vaccines have been “nothing however an try to divert consideration from repeated failures to manage the unfold of pandemic.”

India recorded 1,12,389 new Covid-19 instances on Wednesday, taking the general depend to 1,29,14,174.

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