Indian Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday criticised Rahul Gandhi, a key opposition leader from the Congress party, for his "Where are vaccines?" remarks.
An hour after Gandhi's tweet, the federal Health Minister took to the microblogging platform, saying there is "no vaccine for the virus of arrogance and ignorance".
Just yesterday, I put out facts on vaccine availability for the month of July.— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 2, 2021
What is @RahulGandhi Ji’s problem ?Does he not read ?
Does he not understand ?
There is no vaccine for the virus of arrogance and ignorance !!@INCIndia must think of a leadership overhaul ! https://t.co/jFX60jM15w
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tweeted in Hindi on Friday saying: "It's July but there is no vaccine."
This spat comes at a time when several Indian states have again started complaining of a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, Dr. Vardhan said that the states had been informed in advance of their future vaccine supplies.
👉If there are issues in states, it shows that they need to better plan their #vaccination drives. Intra-state planning & logistics are the responsibility of the states— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 1, 2021
👉I request these leaders to desist from their shameless urge to play politics even in the midst of a pandemic
👉If these leaders are aware of these facts and are still giving such statements, I consider it most unfortunate.— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 1, 2021
If they don’t know, they need to focus on governance.
Will again request state leaders to spend more energies in planning and not in creating panic.
According to media reports, the West Bengal state government, after complaining about a scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines, has decided to utilise 50 percent of its future supply for the second dose. Other states that have raised complaints of vaccine shortages include Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.
On Wednesday, flash protests took place in Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu state, over a shortage of vaccines. Moreover, Odisha state had also shut down its vaccination centres, citing a depletion of stocks.
On Thursday, the Indian government informed that more than 32 million vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories (UTs) so far, through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and the direct state procurement category.
Out of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is reported to be over 316 million (316,750,891) doses. More than 12 million (12,450,909) balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered. More than 9 million (9,466,420) vaccine doses are being delivered and will be received by the States/UTs within the next three days, according to the data revealed by the Indian Government.