New Delhi: Several states, including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Punjab, have complained of vaccine shortage. In view of this, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said that leaders should spend more energy in making plans, and not in spreading panic. He said leaders should avoid the “shameless urge to do politics” amid the pandemic.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “I am seeing irresponsible statements by various leaders regarding the biggest vaccination campaign. I am telling some facts so that the public can understand the intentions of these leaders. After the Government of India provided 75 per cent of the vaccines free of cost, vaccination gained momentum and 11.50 crore doses were administered in June.”
He said that if states have problems, it shows that they need to plan their vaccination campaign better. In another tweet, the minister said, “If these leaders are aware of these facts and still make such statements, then I consider it very unfortunate. If they do not have this information, then they should pay attention to the government. Again I would urge these leaders to put more energy in planning and not in spreading panic.”
I’m seeing irresponsible statements from various leaders regarding #LargestVaccineDrive
Status facts below so people can judge intentions of these leaders
After GoI provided 75% of vaccines available for free, vaccination speed picked up & 11.50 cr doses were given in June
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 1, 2021
Let us inform that on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had targeted the central government and said that we are not being given sufficient number of vaccines. While other states have got at least three crore doses, we have got one crore less. Had we got one crore more doses, we could have vaccinated one crore additional population. We also have a state.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that the central government should ensure the supply of vaccine in sufficient quantity to the state as per the need in a planned manner. Taking vaccination as a campaign in Rajasthan, the first dose was administered to the people. For these people to get the second dose on time, proper availability of the vaccine is essential.
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