Opposition demands faster roll-out of vaccines amid surge in coronavirus cases

Opposition parties called upon the Centre to increase the supply of Covid-19 vaccines amid a surge in the number of cases.

Chief ministers of some opposition-ruled states are likely to raise the demand for broader and faster vaccine roll-out with the Prime Minister and Union health minister during their review meeting where the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases will be discussed.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has already sent a letter to the PM, suggesting vaccination of all people above the age of 18. He also demanded that the Centre finalise an integrated standard operation procedure (SOP) to help combat the Covid-19 surge through better coordination with the states.

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  • West Bengal
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Assam
  • Kerala
  • Puducherry

  • Rejecting the Centre’s stand that the vaccines would be made available to the needy persons, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it was the right of every citizen to get vaccinated against Covid-19. “It’s ridiculous to debate needs & wants. Every Indian deserves the chance to a safe life. #CovidVaccine,” Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday.

    CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury also questioned the Centre regarding vaccine supply. “If there is no shortage of vaccines as the central government claims, why is there no nationwide campaign and roll-out programme?. How many more deaths are needed for this BJP government to act?” he asked.

    On the occasion of the World Health Day, several opposition CMs and leaders extended their greetings to health workers and complimented them on the role they have been playing in India’s fight against the pandemic.

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