Sonia Gandhi to chair covid-19 review meeting with chief ministers of Congress ruled states

New Delhi: Congress’ interim chief Sonia Gandhi will today hold a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states to review the covid-19 surge amid the nationwide spike in daily number of cases. The meeting will also see the presence of senior party leader Rahul Gandhi. 

The meeting will include discussions revolving the deteriorating covid situation, congress leadership and will also make suggestions to help the public, reported ANI. Of late, there have also been discussion regarding the vaccine shortage in the country. Several states including Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar are facing vaccine shortages.

This comes a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning him vaccination pace and asking him to place an immediate moratorium on the export of vaccines amid the vaccine scarcity in the country. 

He also highlighted the need of fast tracking other vaccine candidates and allowing vaccination for all the adults. 

Talking about PM Modi’s appeal to organise a vaccine festival from April 11 to 14, he said it is not a utsav but an issue that needs to be seriously addressed.

“India had the first-mover advantage in vaccination and yet we are moving at a snail’s pace. Historically, India has achieved abundant experience in designing and executing some of the world”s biggest vaccination programmes. Yet in the present case, we have managed to fully vaccinate less than 1% of the population in 3 months…” the letter claimed.

“While our nation is facing vaccine starvation, more than 6 crore doses of vaccines have been exported… Was the export of vaccines also an ”oversight”, like many other decisions of this government, or an effort to garner publicity at the cost of our citizens?””Double central allocation for vaccine procurement from the existing ₹ 35,000 crore. Give State governments a greater say in vaccine procurement and distribution. Provide direct income support to the vulnerable sections in the disastrous second wave,” Rahul Gandhi claimed in his letter 

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India has recorded 1,45,384 fresh coronavirus infections,  the highest-ever single-day surge since the start of the pandemic, taking the tally to 1,32,05,0926, the government data this morning showed. 

In the last 24 hours, 794 people died, pushing the overall fatality toll to 1,68,436. 

 

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