Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday dismissed as “farce” the “hue and cry” by sure states about partisanship by the Centre and referred to as it an try to cover their very own incompetence, saying non-BJP dominated Maharashtra and Rajasthan figured among the many prime three states based mostly on the allocation of vaccines.
As COVID-19 instances in India hit a document excessive, Vardhan mentioned that 9.1 crore vaccine doses have been utilised, whereas 2.four crore are in inventory and 1.9 crore vaccines are within the pipeline, indicating there are ample doses out there for all states.
“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 2 of the highest three states based mostly on allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
“Each are non-BJP ruled states,” Vardhan mentioned in a tweet.
Releasing the figures, he mentioned in one other tweet, “Let’s put an finish to fear-mongering now! #COVID19 vaccine doses: whole administered: 9 cr+ In inventory/nearing supply to states: four.three cr+ The place does query of shortages come up? We’re constantly monitoring and enhancing provide.”
In a strongly-worded assertion, Vardhan on Wednesday hit out at Maharashtra and another states, accusing them of attempting to cowl their “failures” and spreading panic amongst folks by demanding vaccination of all with out inoculating sufficient of eligible beneficiaries.
Individuals above the age of 45 are at the moment eligible for vaccination.
Vardhan additionally mentioned the allegations of vaccine scarcity are totally baseless and the states, together with Maharashtra, 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” all the nation’s efforts to combat the virus.
Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday sought to know why the state was getting fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses as in comparison with another states, together with Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, whilst it’s main the vaccination drive and has the best variety of lively instances within the nation.