Gehlot slams Dr. Vardhan on issue of availability of vaccines
(Sourced from PTI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday accused Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan of making false statements on the issue of the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. Vaccination centers across the country are also being shut, he noted. "Health Minister Harsh Vardhan should refrain from making false statements," he said. Here are more details.
"When the country was struggling with oxygen shortage, he was saying there is enough oxygen," the CM added. "Today, when there is a shortage of vaccines, he says there are enough, one crore vaccines in the country. But if we take all the states together, one crore vaccines will be finished in just one day," Gehlot said in a series of tweets.
He said that on April 2, 42 lakh vaccines were administered across the country, but now only 16 lakh vaccines are being administered daily. Such statements by the Union Health Minister are creating "resentment" among the public, he claimed.
2 अप्रेल को देशभर में 42 लाख वैक्सीन लगाई गईं थीं लेकिन अब सिर्फ 16 लाख वैक्सीन ही प्रतिदिन लगाई जा रही है। देश में अलग-अलग जगहों पर वैक्सीनेशन सेंटर बंद किए जा रहे हैं। स्वास्थ्य मंत्री के ऐसे बयानों से आमजन में आक्रोश फैल रहा है।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 26, 2021
Dr. Vardhan had said on May 19 that more than one crore doses are still in stock with state governments. Gehlot also demanded that the Centre should issue guidelines on how bodies should be buried along the banks of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers and also on immersion of ashes to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
"If the infection spreads from these dead bodies during the rainy season, there may be a possibility of further spread of the pandemic," he said. There have been reports of bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims floating in the River Ganga.