Congress, CPI-M slam Centre over vaccine shortage

The opposition parties expressed concern at the slow pace of vaccination and Modi government's failure to augment vaccine supplies amidst fears of an impending third wave of Covid-19

Congress, CPI-M slam Centre over vaccine shortage

NH Web Desk

The Congress on Sunday questioned the shortage of vaccines in the country amid claims by the government that 47 crore people have been vaccinated so far in the country.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a tweet on Sunday said, "July has also gone but vaccine shortage has not gone."

Echoing Rahul Gandhi's views, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh too attacked the government and said, "To vaccinate fully all adults by year end, at least 85 lakh doses/day must be administered. Highest we've achieved for a 30-day period so far is 45 lakh doses/day. Capacity to ramp up vaccination exists in many states. The only problem is vaccine supply."

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) too blamed the government for slow vaccination amidst the fears of an impending third wave of Covid-19.

“So far, a mere 10.83 per cent of all adults are fully vaccinated. Every state government is reporting shortages. Central government procurement has been tardy. It gave three contradictory vaccine availability data to the parliament on the same day,” the CPI-M said in a statement.

The Modi government must procure vaccines globally and launch a free
universal mass vaccination drive across the country immediately, it said.

Congress, CPI-M slam Centre over vaccine shortage

Meanwhile, the government on Sunday claimed that India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the landmark of 47 Cr. as 60,15,842 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The government said, more than 49.49 crore (49,49,89,550) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 8,04,220 doses are in the pipeline.

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    Published: 01 Aug 2021, 4:19 PM