West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday flagged the “irregular provide” of COVID-19 vaccine doses to the state and stated she’s going to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking for his intervention. “Bengal wants 14 crore doses however 2.12 crore is all we now have received,” she stated.
The Chief Minister demanded “a minimum of 2 crore doses” monthly and stated that even with this provide, it can take “six months to vaccinate seven crore folks” with each the doses.
The Trinamool boss additionally alleged that the BJP-ruled states, reminiscent of Uttar Pradesh, are getting extra vaccines as in comparison with the opposite states. “I haven’t got any drawback but additionally give vaccines to us,” she stated.
This month, Bengal has obtained 25 lakh doses opposite to the “Well being Minister’s declare of 75 lakh doses”, Ms Banerjee stated.
Well being Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday slammed the states complaining about low vaccine shares, accusing them of “mismanagement” and that their “ineffective statements” are “creating “panic among the many folks”.
His assertion got here after a number of states reminiscent of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha reported shortages in COVID-19 vaccines.
The Wholesome Ministry right this moment stated over 40.31 crore doses have thus far been offered to the states and greater than 1.92 crore stability and unutilised jabs are nonetheless accessible with them and personal hospitals.
Vaccine provide has been a degree of rivalry between the states and the centre amid the push to vaccinate extra folks earlier than a attainable third wave.
India’s vaccination protection crossed the landmark of 39 crore on Thursday, as per a provisional report, stated the centre, which re-took management of vaccination procurement from the states final month.