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After Rahul Gandhi’s criticism, Centre says all will be vaccinated by 2021-end

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The Centre on Friday lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government for the poor vaccination coverage in the country. Union minister Prakash Javadekar in a virtual press conference said that India will be fully immunized against COVID-19 by December 2021.

The Centre’s mega announcement comes after Rahul Gandhi pointed out that less than 3 per cent of the country’s population has received both doses of the vaccines.

Javadekar said that Gandhi instead of criticising the Centre should pay attention to Congress-ruled states. He also blamed non-BJP governments that have repeatedly flagged a shortage of vaccines for not taking the quota for the 18-44 years age group given to them from May 1.

Addressing a virtual press conference, the Union minister said, “India’s vaccination will be completed before 2021. If Rahul ji was concerned about the vaccine, then he should pay attention to Congress-ruled states… there is a mess in vaccination. They are not taking the quota given to them for 18-44 year old beneficiaries from May 1.”

What Rahul Gandhi said about vaccination

Addressing a virtual press conference on Friday, Rahul Gandhi said vaccination is the only way to counter the pandemic and lockdowns can only provide temporary relief. He also lambasted the government for the poor speed with which the immunisation drive is progressing in India.

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“Only 3 per cent (of the population) have got the vaccine… we have kept our doors for the virus open, business is being done over vaccination, there are different rates of vaccines. At this rate we will be able to vaccinate our population only by May 2024, otherwise, we will have to face wave after wave,” he said.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive that began in January has not progressed as expected, with the acute shortage of vaccines being a major issue. So far, 20.57 crore doses of the vaccines have been administered. Only 4.38 crore people out of the country’s population of over 130 crores have taken the second dose of the vaccine.

 

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