PM Modi publicizes free vaccine for 18+ age group; ‘one easy query…’, Rahul Gandhi’s immediate criticism

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Centre will present free Covid vaccines to states for inoculation of all above the age of 18 from June 21. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday introduced that the Centre will present free coronavirus vaccines to states for inoculation of all above the age of 18 from June 21. Addressing the nation, PM Modi mentioned that the federal government has determined to purchase 75 per cent of jabs from vaccine makers, together with 25 per cent of the state quota, and provides it without cost to state governments. 

He went on so as to add that personal sector hospitals can proceed to acquire 25 per cent vaccines, and the service cost could be capped at Rs 150 per dose over a hard and fast value of the vaccine. 

If free, why non-public hospitals allowed to take service price: Rahul Gandhi

Hours after PM Modi concluded his televised speech, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to criticise the Centre, asking if vaccines are free for all, why ought to non-public hospitals cost for them.

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“One easy query – If vaccines are free for all, why ought to non-public hospitals cost for them?” Rahul Gandhi, who represents Kerala’s Wayanad in Lok Sabha tweeted with the hashtag of #FreeVaccineForAll.

‘Vaccination coverage tweak as a result of SC’s wrath’

The Opposition led by the Congress linked the federal government’s change in vaccination technique with the Supreme Court docket’s robust stand on the problem. The Opposition mentioned that the highest court docket had repeatedly raised questions over the Centre’s ‘defective’ vaccine coverage. 

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, nevertheless, claimed the Centre had taken the step after being reprimanded by the Supreme Court docket which had questioned its ‘botched’ vaccine coverage, and demanded that the prime minister apologise. “Higher late than by no means, however by no means late is healthier Modi ji,” a tweet from Congress’ official Twitter deal with mentioned. 

Nevertheless, Punjab CM and veteran Congress chief Amarinder Singh was amongst high leaders welcoming the Centre’s transfer. 

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (BJD), Tamil Nadu CM M Okay Stalin (DMK) and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (CPI-M) have been among the many state leaders who appreciated that the Centre had accredited their request without cost vaccine provide.

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“Each life is valuable. Nobody is secure till everyone seems to be vaccinated. As a nation, we stand united on this combat towards COVID-19 pandemic. Thank PM Shri Narendra Modi ji for making vaccination a nationwide mission,” Patnaik mentioned.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, and AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi supplied sharp critcism of PM Modi’s resolution. Banerjee mentioned the announcement ought to have been made months in the past and that the delay has value a number of lives. 

“The well-being of the folks of India ought to’ve been prioritized because the very begin of this pandemic. Sadly, this delayed resolution by PM has already value many lives. Hoping for a greater managed #VaccinationDrive this time that focuses on folks & not propaganda!,” the Trinamool Congress chief tweeted. 

Owaisi mentioned non-public hospitals will proceed to have a 25 % quota in order that wealthy have a “VIP queue” whereas the poor should watch for vaccine availability.

“Reversal of vax coverage appears to be the results of SC’s order. Though blame of horrible vaccine coverage has been placed on states, it is Modi who failed to make sure vax provide (sic),” Owaisi tweeted.

BJP hits again on the Opposition

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) offered a robust defence of the newest vaccination coverage change underlining that PM Modi is main from the entrance within the battle towards Covid pandemic. 

“Every time there’s any disaster within the nation, our Prime Minister Modi ji has at all times led the nation from the entrance,” BJP president J P Nadda mentioned.

“States got the liberty to purchase vaccines for these within the age group of 18-44 years. However many states have been discovering it tough to take action. We’re grateful that the prime minister has resolved this concern,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath mentioned.

Union Minister Smriti Irani added that PM Modi’s announcement exhibits that the federal government is dedicated for the folks’s trigger. 

(With inputs from businesses) 

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