A dispute over vaccines between the center and some states escalated today as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan slammed what he called “the hue and cry of some states. about partisanship ”as a“ farce ”and an attempt to hide their own incompetence.
The Union Health Minister tweeted after states like Maharashtra alleged they received fewer doses of the vaccine than needed for the size of the population.
“Hue and cry by some states about partisanship by the Union government is just a farce, an attempt to hide their own incompetence. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are two of the top three states based on COVID-19 vaccine dose allocation. The states ruled by the BJP, “Harsh Vardhan tweeted.
Hue & cry by some states about Union government partisanship is just a farce, an attempt to hide their own incompetence.
Maharashtra and Rajasthan are 2 of the top 3 states based on the allocation of #Vaccine against covid19 doses.
Both are states not governed by the BJP. pic.twitter.com/ycrBcdJBXG
– Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 8, 2021
Maharashtra, which has the highest second wave Covid workload, says it only received around 7.4 lakh vaccines out of the 350 lakh doses the center purchased from vaccine makers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. The number is disproportionate to its population of 12 crore, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, alleging discrimination against states run by the BJP.
Mr Tope said Maharashtra needed 40 lakh doses per week and 1.6 crore of vaccines per month. “Maharashtra has double the population of Gujarat. Gujarat has received one crore of doses and we have one crore of doses,” he said.
“Maharashtra only received 7.43 lakh out of 350 lakh doses, as our population seems very biased. Haryana receives over 20 lakh. All of these supplies were due after April 15. Most districts did not. will have more stock after April 10. Satara has already stopped the vaccination. Sangli will stop after today, “said the minister.
He claimed that after “making a lot of noise”, the center increased Maharashtra’s allocation from 7.43 lakh doses to 17.43 lakh.