Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, who’s recovering from Covid-19, tweeted a two-minute lengthy video message for the Central Authorities on its vaccination coverage Wednesday morning.
Slamming the Centre, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala mentioned, “Save India! Have a common vaccination coverage. Make vaccines free for all.”
Within the video, Tharoor mentioned he supported Indian Nationwide Congress’s marketing campaign for bringing a large change within the authorities’s coverage for common vaccination of all Indians inside the promised deadline of December, and to take action freed from price.
“As you possibly can see, I’m in mattress, struggling the problems of a protracted Covid an infection. I simply need to say to everyone… having seen the federal government assertion that everyone will likely be vaccinated by (the) finish of December, whereas seeing the provision of vaccines or lack there of of the vaccines, I’m wondering how the federal government goes to get there,” the 65-year-old Congress chief mentioned.
He additional added: “It’s unacceptable that the federal government must be demanding that states or personal hospitals compete in some type of market free-for-all to purchase vaccines at completely different costs, extortionate costs in some circumstances, when the Central authorities had an association to purchase vaccines at an reasonably priced costs and provides them to the general public without spending a dime. That was the coverage initially of the vaccination drive”, he mentioned within the message.
Underneath the Centre’s new “liberalised” coverage, which got here into impact final month, states should buy as much as 50% of their Covid-19 vaccine wants from producers, though at greater costs than that fastened for the Centre.
“Allow us to have a common, free vaccination coverage to save lots of the nation from Covid. I’ve suffered lots. I do not need my fellow residents to undergo even a fraction of what I’ve achieved, and definitely to not do worse than me as so many have because the tragedy unfolded within the nation,” he added.
‘Over 1.64 cr vaccines nonetheless accessible with states’
Greater than 1.64 crore coronavirus vaccine doses are nonetheless accessible with the states and UTs to be administered, the Union Well being Ministry has mentioned.
The Centre has to this point supplied, each by means of the freed from price and thru direct state procurement classes, greater than 23 crore vaccine doses to states and UTs.
Of this, the whole consumption, together with wastages, is 21,71,44,022 doses, the ministry mentioned.
A complete of 1,64,42,938 COVID-19 vaccine doses are nonetheless accessible with the states and UTs to be administered, it mentioned.
As a part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the states and UTs by offering them COVID-19 vaccines freed from price.
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