26 COVID vaccination centres shut in Mumbai, waiting for more doses from Centre, says Maha health minister

While UP, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have been given far more vaccine dosages, Maharashtra which is in dire need, has been given only 7.5 lakh dosages, the state health minister Rajesh Tope rued

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Once again raising alarm over the vaccine shortage, Maharashtra state health minister Rajesh Tope said 26 vaccination centres have been shut in Mumbai and the state is waiting for more vaccine doses from the Centre. Vaccination was halted in parts of the state on Wednesday evening

According to a report in NDTV, among the districts that stopped giving shots was Satara. According to Vinay Gouda, the Chief Executive Officer of the Satara Zilla Parishad, the authorities ran out of doses. Pune also shut over 100 vaccination centres because of vaccine shortage, Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule had tweeted.

“According to the latest release order of vaccines from Centre, Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages only. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana etc have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra,” said Rajesh Tope, State Health Minister

“I talked to Dr Harshavardhan immediately after this, even Sharad Pawar talked to him. I raised issue of discrimination with us. We have most number active patients, positivity rate and death with 12 crore population. Why we are given so few vaccines?”

“Harshvardhan Ji assured me that corrections will be done soon. We are still waiting. We want 1.6 crore vaccine dosages per month & 40 lakh every week because we are vaccinating 6 lakh people every day, said Tope

We want at least 40 lakh vaccine dosages every week. Instead of supplying vaccines to other countries, supply them to our own states. The centre is helping us but it is not helping us in the way it should, said Maharashtra Health Minister

“Gujarat is half of the population of Maharashtra. Gujarat has got 1 crore vaccines till now, however, we have got only 1.04 lakhs vaccine dosages.”

“I have just been informed that the Center increased COVID19 vaccine doses from 7 lakhs to 17 lakhs. Even this is less because we need 40 lakh vaccine doses a week and 17 lakh doses are not enough, said Rajesh Tope.

“We will raise these four issues before PM in today's meeting over COVID-19 — Remdesivir supply and price control, supply of oxygen from nearby states, vaccine doses and ventilator operational support.”