Union Well being Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has denied scarcity of Covid vaccines in states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, including that there have been makes an attempt by some state governments to “distract consideration from their failures and unfold panic among the many individuals.”
Hours after Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments stated that they’ve alerted the Centre concerning the vaccine shortage, Harsh Vardhan stated that provides are being monitored on real-time foundation and some states have failed to attain their inoculation targets.
“I’ve seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about scarcity of vaccines. That is nothing however an try and divert consideration from Maharashtra authorities’s repeated failures to regulate the unfold of pandemic. The shortcoming of Maharashtra authorities to behave responsibly is past comprehension. To unfold panic among the many individuals is to compound the folly additional. Vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and State governments are being apprised recurrently about it. Allegations of vaccine scarcity are completely baseless,” the minister stated.
The efficiency of Maharashtra authorities when it comes to vaccinating healthcare employees and frontline employees can also be not nice, Harsh Vardhan stated.
“Maharashtra has vaccinated simply 41% of healthcare employees with second dose. Equal numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 41% and 27%. Amongst frontline employees, Maharashtra has vaccinated solely 73% with first dose,” he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope stated that he has knowledgeable the Centre that the state has 14 lakh doses left which can final solely three days
“Fourteen lakh doses can be found now which might final three days. We’d like 40 lakh vaccine doses each week. We will then administer six lakh doses daily in every week. The doses we’re getting are usually not sufficient,” Tope stated.
Almost 82 lakh individuals have been vaccinated up to now in Maharashtra because the roll-out of the inoculation drive.