War of words over Covid-19 ‘vaccine shortage’ in Maharashtra: Who said what

In the backdrop of rising Covid-19 instances in the nation, Maharashtra well being minister Rakesh Tope said that the state might run out of vaccines inside days. It began a struggle of words between the state authorities and the Centre which claimed that Maharashtra has sufficient stock. The Maharashtra authorities, nevertheless, alleged that the Centre is discriminating in vaccine provide and giving sufficient assist.

Maharashtra which is on the high of the record of states worst hit by the viral illness, has a complete of 3,173,261 whole instances and the dying toll stands at 56,652. According to the state well being division, Maharashtra requires 1.6 crore vaccine dosages monthly and 40 lakh each week to vaccinate residents of the state.

Here is who said what on the row:

Maharashtra authorities

State well being minister Rakesh Tope said, “Satara, Sangli, Panvel have stopped vaccination today while Buldhana has only today’s vaccine stock left,” information company ANI quoted him as saying.

Citing numbers from the Centre’s newest launch order of vaccines, Tope additionally said, “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.”

During the row, Tope additionally introduced that the Centre did improve the provision from 7 lakhs to 17 lakhs. However, it’s nonetheless “less because we need 40 lakh vaccine doses a week and 17 lakh doses are not enough,” he additionally said.

Centre’s response

“I want to make it clear that the Maharashtra government has 23 lakh doses of the vaccines with it…which is a stock for five to six days. Now, to distribute in villages and districts is the responsibility of the state government,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, in keeping with the ANI report.

He additionally alleged that the Maharashtra authorities has “wasted five lakh doses of the vaccines, and it is not a small number, due to its lack of planning. The planning for carrying out a vaccination drive is the responsibility of the state government,” ANI reported.

Health group

A central group visited the BKC Covid Vaccination centre in Mumbai to evaluate the present scenario in town. After the go to, Kunal Kumar, a member of the Central well being group, said, “The Centre and State are discussing the issue (vaccine) and we will work as per their decisions. We are doing our best to manage the Covid situation in Maharashtra. Centre, State, and community need to work together to win this fight,” ANI reported Kumar as saying.

Maharashtra Congress chief

Taking pictures on the Centre, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole said, “Today, our country is providing free vaccines to Pakistan but for Maharashtra, they are doing politics over it. BJP’s state and central leaders are targeting Maharashtra and they surely will face the consequences,” as per ANI report.

NCP Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar whose occasion Nationalist Congress is an element of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra assured that the Centre is cooperating with the state authorities in its battle in opposition to the pandemic. “We all have to come together and fight this menace. State and centre both have to come together and find out a way to fight the pandemic,” he additionally said, in keeping with the information company.

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