Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked the Union government to gear up for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that is likely to be deadlier, especially in the absence of poor vaccination coverage.
In a series of tweets, Gehlot lashed out at the Centre saying that the Union government rather than talking about reduction in COVID positive cases should pull its socks to combat the future attacks of the virus. He said the third round of the pandemic would be deadlier and saving children from the virus would be a herculean task.
Gehlot has been consistently targeting the Union government on the free vaccines and has been demanding an adequate supply of the jabs for the states.
In one of the tweets, Ashok Gehlot said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should focus all his attention on increasing vaccine production in the country. He said India is considered a leading nation for producing vaccines and now the biggest challenge is to vaccinate the 130 crores people of the country.
He said the Union government should learn from its experience of the second wave of the pandemic which saw sudden shortages of oxygen, ventilators, and vaccines. The third phase of the pandemic will be far more dangerous than the second and unless earnest efforts were made, the country would see large-scale death, the Congress leader warned.
Shortage of vaccine
Ashok Gehlot said the Rajasthan government has undertaken the task of vaccinating persons in the age group of 18 to 44, but it is facing an acute shortage of jabs. The vaccine stocks have been exhausted and the replenishments are likely to be delayed. The state has placed orders for one crore vaccines to the Serum Institute, but it has received only 16 lakh vaccines.
He said the state government has floated a global tender for the vaccines. But the supplies would take time. Therefore, the Union government should take the initiative to procure the vaccines from its own sources and supply them to the states, he added
Ashok Gehlot attacks Union health minister
Ashok Gehlot through his tweets on Wednesday launched an attack on Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. He said, “The Union health minister should refrain from putting out wrong statements. When there was a shortage of oxygen, he was saying that there is enough oxygen in the country. Now, there is a shortage of vaccines and he is saying that there are 1 crore vaccines in the country.”
“If the demand of all states is taken into consideration, the 1 crore jabs will be over in a day. On April 2, over 42 lash doses of the vaccines were administered. It has now come down to 16 lakh. Many vaccination centres across the country have been closed due to shortage of vaccines,” the Rajasthan CM said.
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