As the country is reeling under insufficient Covid-19 vaccines forcing many centers to cut short the vaccination drives, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the contradictory move of the BJP government.
Rahul questions why the government allowed export of Covid vaccines when there isn’t enough to inoculate the Indians.
Despite taking off at a rapid pace initially, the speed of the vaccination drive for Coronavirus has come considerably in the last few days as vaccine stock is fast drying up in India. The pace at which the vaccination is going on presently, it would take years to apply the jabs to even 75 percent of the population, writes Rahul Gandhi in the letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Vaccination be made available to all who are eligible, urges Rahul
“Historically, India has achieved abundant experience in designing and executing some of the world’s biggest vaccination programmes. Yet in the present case, we have managed to fully vaccinate less than 1% of the population in 3 months,” Rahul Gandhi wrote in his letter.
Presenting his seven-point demands, Rahul Gandhi mentioned that the government must place an immediate moratorium on vaccine export and initiate vaccination for everyone who needs it.
Other demands made by Rahul Gandhi include providing vaccine suppliers with necessary resources to step up manufacturing capacity, expediting the approval process of other vaccines as per norms and guidelines, raising the allocation of ₹35,000 crore for vaccine procurement, as declared in the Union Budget 2021, to double, allowing states a greater freedom in vaccine procurement and distribution, offering a direct income support to the vulnerable sections.