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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Says, There is no shortage of vaccine

Neha Singh

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the centre hit out at Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh governments claimed the failure to control the spread of Covid-19 cases in their states.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister mentioned that the accusation of vaccine shortage were utterly pointless and that it was an endeavor by the state governments to distract attention from their own failures.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also mentioned, Terrible attempts by some state governments to distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people.

He added, “Incapability of Maharashtra govt to act responsibly is beyond apprehension. To spread panic among the people is nonsense . The vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and State governments are being updated regularly about it.

Accusation of vaccine shortage pointless. Throughout last year as Union Health Minister I have been observering the misgovernance and casual approach of Maharashtra government in battling virus.
He further mentioned that performance of Maharashtra government in terms of vaccinating healthcare and frontline workers was not great, adding that it was shocking to see how state government is putting the people of Maharashtra in danger by letting people ran away from institutional quarantine for the sake of their “personal Vasuli”.

Highlighting the disproportionately higher death rate in Chhattisgarh, the minister held responsible the state government for refusing to use Covaxin.

The minister added, “In the last 2-3 weeks, Chhattisgarh has seen disproportionately increasing number of deaths. The testing of the virus in the state heavily depended on rapid antigen tests which is not a correct strategy.”

“Chhattisgarh government rejected to use Covaxin despite it being given emergency use authorization by DCGI.

The union minister also mentioned that “other states must bring their healthcare systems up to the mark to fight against COVID-19.”

In Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat the quality of testing must needs to improve. In Punjab, high case mortality needs to be improved by early identification of those needing hospitalization,” he mentioned.

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