Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has lambasted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for relentlessly attacking the government on vaccine supply without “reading” or “understanding”. Vardhan took to Twitter to launch the attack on Rahul Gandhi who had earlier this morning tweeted, “July has come, vaccines have not arrived.”
Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Harsh Vardhan said, “Just yesterday, I put out facts on vaccine availability for the month of July. What is Rahul Gandhiji’s problem? Does he not read? Does he not understand? There is no vaccine for the virus of arrogance and ignorance!! Congress must think of a leadership overhaul!”
Just yesterday, I put out facts on vaccine availability for the month of July.
What is @RahulGandhi Ji’s problem ?Does he not read ?
Does he not understand ?
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 2, 2021
Notably, Vardhan yesterday had said 12 crore doses would be sent to states in July.
Rahul Gandhi has been a vocal critic of the government regularly attacking it for its vaccine strategy and shortage of vaccines. Earlier, he had also targeted the government for leaving out people who do not have access to the internet or smartphone from the vaccination drive. Following the criticism, the government came up with walk-in vaccination under which beneficiaries are registered on the spot and administered the vaccine.
India’s vaccination drive
Under the ambitious vaccination drive that began in January, over 34 crore doses of the vaccines have been administered so far. It includes 27.94 crore first doses and 6.06 crore second doses. The government intends to complete the vaccination drive for the eligible population of 18+ by December-end. However, the fluctuation in the pace at which the vaccination drive is progressing raises questions.
Last month, India administered nearly 87 lakh doses of the vaccines on the day the Centre took over the vaccination for the 18-44 age group. The speed of immunization has declined since then. Over 42.64 lakh doses of the vaccines have been administered in the past 24 hours. While the fluctuating pace of vaccination is one of the problems, many states are also complaining about a shortage of vaccines.
India has so far approved four COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the country. It includes Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik-V and Moderna.
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