Amid the criticism raised by Maharashtra authorities a few scarcity in inventory of Covid-19 vaccine, Union atmosphere minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday stated that the provides to Maharashtra are being replenished.
In a tweet, Javadekar stated the Maharashtra state authorities “should not play politics over vaccination” and shared the numbers concerning the provide and consumption of vaccines within the state.
“Maharashtra Govt should not play politics over vaccination. Here are the facts: Total number of COVID vaccine supplied to State till date – 1,06,19,190; Consumption – 90,53,523 (of which 6% wastage – over 5L); Vaccine in pipeline – 7,43,280. Dosage available – nearly 23 lakhs,” Javadekar stated on Twitter.
“Central Govt replenishes more vaccine than what is needed for actual use,” he stated in subsequent tweet.
The Union minister’s feedback got here after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Maharashtra well being minister Rajesh Tope requested the Centre to produce vaccine shares to the state for inoculating 600,000 beneficiaries a day. He additionally famous that a number of vaccination centres throughout the state have been shut due to the scarcity.
“The union minister Prakash Javadekar had asked us to double the vaccination numbers and had assured to provide adequate stock. We accepted it as a challenge and increased the daily vaccination to 450,000 lakh from 300,000. We will achieve the target of inoculating 600,000 beneficiaries in no time. However, we have started facing shortage of vaccine stock and have to shut down many centres across the state as there is no stock left,” the health minister told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Mumbai city mayor Kishori Pednekar also raised similar concerns about shortage of vaccines in the city. “There is a shortage of Covid-19 vaccine doses in Mumbai. Yesterday, we had 1,76,000 vaccine doses but in the coming days, we will require more vaccines,” she was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
Meanwhile, Union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has stated that the allegations about scarcity in vaccine provide are “utterly baseless”. In a strongly worded assertion, Vardhan stated, “I have seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about shortage of vaccines. This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic. The inability of Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further.”
Vardhan stated that vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and state governments are being apprised frequently about it.