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Union Well being Minister tears into Maharashtra govt, phrases allegations of Covid vaccine scarcity ‘totally baseless’

In a strongly-worded assertion, Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday responded to the Maharashtra authorities request to the Centre to ship in extra shares of Covid-19 vaccine.
Vardhan alleged that the transfer an try and cowl Maharashtra’s “failure” and to unfold panic amongst folks by demanding vaccination of all with out inoculating sufficient of eligible beneficiaries.
“Vaccine provides are being monitored on a real-time foundation, and State governments are being apprised repeatedly about it. Allegations of vaccine scarcity are totally baseless,” he stated.
Maharashtra on Wednesday stated that the state was operating wanting Covid vaccines, particularly in city centres, and urged the Centre to ship in extra shares. The state stated it had 13 lakh doses of Covaxin and Covishield in inventory, which based on its estimates can be exhausted in three days.
The well being minister additionally reacted to the calls for of political leaders together with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal’s request to open up vaccination to everybody above the age of 18.
“Nonetheless, it bears repeating that the first goal of vaccination is to cut back mortality among the many most susceptible folks, and allow the society to beat the pandemic,” he stated.
“As long as the provision of vaccines stays restricted, there isn’t a choice however to prioritize. That is additionally the established observe around the globe, and is well-known to all State governments,” he added.
Additional itemizing out vaccination statistics amongst frontline employees in Delhi and Maharashtra, Vardhan stated, “Doesn’t it appear evident that these states are attempting to divert consideration from their poor vaccination efforts by simply constantly shifting the goal-posts? Politicizing such a public well being challenge is a damning indictment of sure political leaders who ought to know higher.”.
“I wish to humbly state that it will be higher if the state authorities focusses its energies on ramping up their well being infrastructure somewhat than on petty politicking,” Vardhan stated whereas flagging “disproportionately larger variety of deaths within the final 2-3 weeks” within the state.
Vardhan additionally stated that the state’s testing stays closely depending on fast antigen checks which isn’t a smart technique.