A row over vaccines between the centre and a few states intensified immediately as Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan blasted what he known as “hue and cry by sure states about partisanship” as “farce” and an try to cover their very own incompetence.
The Union Well being Minister tweeted after states like Maharashtra alleged that they’d been allotted fewer doses of vaccine than required for the inhabitants dimension.
“Hue and cry by sure states about partisanship by the Union Authorities is only a farce, an try to cover their very own incompetence. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are two of the highest three States based mostly on allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine doses. Each are non-BJP ruled states,” tweeted Harsh Vardhan.
Hue & cry by sure States about partisanship by the Union Govt is only a farce, an try to cover their very own incompetence.
Maharashtra and Rajasthan are 2 of the highest three States based mostly on allocation of #COVID19Vaccine doses.
Each are non-BJP ruled States. pic.twitter.com/ycrBcdJBXG
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 8, 2021
Maharashtra, which has the very best caseload within the second Covid wave, says it has acquired solely round 7.four lakh vaccines of the 350 lakh doses the centre procured from vaccine-makers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. The quantity is disproportionate to its 12 crore inhabitants, state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned, alleging discrimination in comparison with states dominated by the BJP.
Mr Tope mentioned Maharashtra wanted 40 lakh doses per week and 1.6 crore vaccines a month. “Maharashtra has double the inhabitants of Gujarat. Gujarat has received one crore doses and we now have received one crore doses,” he mentioned.
“Maharashtra was supplied solely 7.43 lakh out of 350 lakh doses, contemplating our inhabitants it appears very skewed. Haryana will get greater than 20 lakh. All these provides had been to be delivered after April 15. Most Districts can have no inventory After April 10. Already Satara has stopped vaccination. Sangli will cease after immediately,” mentioned the minister.
He claimed that after he “made numerous noise”, the centre elevated Maharashtra’s allocation from 7.43 to 17.43 lakh doses.