Reacting to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan's statement that allegations of shortage of vaccines in Maharashtra were baseless and the state government was playing politics over it, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that the state has been given less corona vaccines which is why many vaccination centers are not working.
Tope said that according to the latest release order of vaccines from center, Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine doses only, while UP, MP, Gujarat and Haryana have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra.
He pointed out that Dr Harsh Vardhan assured him that corrections will be done soon. He said that he is still waiting, informing that the state needs 1.6 crore vaccine doses per month and 40 lakh every week as the state is vaccinating 6 lakh people every day.
Tope said that Satara, Sangli and Panvel have stopped vaccination while Buldhana has only today’s vaccine stock left.
Saying that Dr Harsh Vardhan’s statement was unfortunate, Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo said that Dr Vardhan had a virtual meeting with health ministers of 11 states the day before yesterday.
He had said that center and states will work together. Soon after this his statement is disappointing. Deo added it is worrisome that mortality is increasing.
Center’s data shows that Chhattisgarh is one of the top four states of the nation that have vaccinated more than 10% of its population.