Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has singled out Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh and Rashid Alvi for fuelling vaccine hesitancy when India rolled out vaccination drive towards Covid-19 in January. The contemporary trade of barb on social media began after Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi slammed the federal government’s failure in managing the pandemic. BJP chief JP Nadda wrote to Sonia Gandhi, slamming Congress leaders’ function for indulging in “incorrect politics” over the Covic-19 vaccine, which “doesn’t belong to any political occasion or chief”.
As India is on the peak of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, grappling with rising instances, deaths and depleting medical assets, the blame-game has grow to be intense. Union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan lately slammed Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren for criticising PM Modi’s function within the administration of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, the disagreement escalated with Hardeep Singh Puri singling a couple of Congress leaders out for doubting the vaccines. “When the vaccine rollout started, as an alternative of asking all eligible folks to get vaccinated, Congress chief Rashid Alvi continued with petty politics, doubting vaccine efficacy & fuelling hesitancy,” Puri tweeted sharing a video through which Rashid will be seen claiming that opposition leaders might concern the misuse of the vaccine.
“One other member of Congress ‘Inside Circle’ Jairam Ramesh mentioned ‘Bharat Biotech is a first-rate enterprise, however it’s puzzling that internationally-accepted protocols referring to Ph-Three trials are being modified for Covaxin’.Now Rahul Gandhi desires the identical vaccine free for everybody!” Puri mentioned targetting Jairam Ramesh.
Replying to Puri’s accusation, Shashi Tharoor shared the hyperlinks of his tweets the place he congratulated Bharat Biotech for its Covaxin after it was discovered efficient towards the B.1.617 variant too. “Will you’re taking again your phrases?” Tharoor mentioned.
After JP Nadda’s letter to Sonia Gandhi, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken mentioned the BJP is making an attempt to make Covid a political difficulty to cover its failures. Citing The Lancet, he mentioned it isn’t solely Congress which is attacking the federal government, many consultants and journals have additionally criticised it.
“India’s battle towards COVID-19 continues undaunted. Only a mild reminder to these fuelling hesitancy & panic. Greater than 18 cr vaccine doses administered thus far. Advance orders for Might, June & July 2021 have been positioned with the 2 producers & funds have been made,” Puri mentioned including that the Centre has positioned advance orders of Covishield for five.60 crore vaccines via PM-cares and 11 crore doses on April 22 and 10 crore doses on Might 10 by the well being ministry. So far as Covaxin is anxious, the federal government has positioned advance orders for 1 crore vaccines via PM-cares and 5 crore doses on April 22 and a pair of crore doses on Might 10 via the ministry.