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Vaccine shortage a serious issue, not an Utsav: Rahul Gandhi slams PM’s idea

Gandhi additionally questioned vaccine exports, asking how proper it was to take action whereas our personal residents’ lives have been in danger. He referred to as for the Centre to assist all of the states with none bias

By Malavika PM

UPDATED ON APR 09, 2021 01:18 PM IST

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday stated that vaccine shortage is a trigger for serious concern and not an event to have fun, in an obvious dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for a Tika Utsav [vaccination drive] to encourage extra individuals to get themselves inoculated.

“Amid surging Covid cases, vaccine shortage is a very serious matter, and not an Utsav,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. Just a day in the past, in his meeting with the chief ministers, Prime Minister Modi had proposed to carry Tika Utsav, a drive from April 11-14, in order that the utmost variety of eligible beneficiaries throughout states have been vaccinated.

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Raising questions over the exports of vaccines to different international locations at a time when India itself is grappling with the second wave of Covid-19 infections — the nation has been logging over 100,000 every day circumstances for the previous three days now — Gandhi tweeted, “Is it right to export vaccines by putting the lives of citizens of the country at risk? The central government should help all the states without any bias. We have to work together to defeat this pandemic.”.

India has shipped vaccine to 85 international locations, some within the type of “gifts”, others in step with industrial agreements signed between the vaccine makers and the recipient nations, and the remainder below the Covas Scheme, led by the World Health Organisation.

In his meeting with the chief ministers, addressing the difficulty of alleged vaccine shortage, the prime minister had stated the Centre prioritises provide as per the requirement, whereas suggesting to the states to keep away from wastage. It was whereas urging the states to get most individuals vaccinated towards this lethal virus that he proposed Tika Utsav or vaccine competition on April 11-14.

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