Rahul Gandhi in a letter to PM further said that if the vaccination goes on at the current pace, it would take years to inoculate 75% of the Indian population.
A day after PM Modi proposed “Tika Utsav”, Congress leader and former President of the Party Rahul Gandhi wrote to PM to speed up the vaccination drive. Taking a dig at the Central govt, he blamed the Centre for poor vaccination implementation and “Oversight”.
Rahul Gandhi in his letter said that despite having the first-mover advantage, India’s vaccination drive is moving at “snail’s pace”. He pointed out that countries with sizeable population have achieved to inoculate relatively more people than India. Rahul Gandhi, in the letter, said, “Historically, India has achieved abundant experience in designing and executing some of the world’s biggest vaccination programs. Yet in the present case, we have managed to fully vaccinate less than 1% of the population in 3 months.”
“At Current Pace, It Will Take Years To Vaccinate People”
Rahul Gandhi further said that if the vaccination goes on at the current pace, it would take years to inoculate 75% of the Indian population and will have catastrophic effects on India’s economy. He said, “At our current vaccination rate, it would take years to inoculate 75% of the population. This will have catastrophic effects and will gravely decelerate India’s economy.”
Why Did Govt Permit Large Scale Vaccine Export?
The Former Congress President questioned the govt decision to export the vaccines before inoculating its own population. He said, “There is no clear reason as to why the government permitted large- scale exports of vaccines. While our nation is facing vaccine starvation, more than 6 crore doses of vaccines have been exported. The state governments are repeatedly highlighting vaccine shortages only to receive intemperate statements by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare targeting Opposition-ruled states, undercutting cooperative federalism which you too have stressed as essential. 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 own citizens?”
“Guarantee Maximum Vaccination”
Rahul Gandhi said, “Centralization and individualized propaganda are counter-productive. Even though Public Health is a state subject, our states have been bypassed right from vaccine procurement to registration. Additionally, a large section of the poor has been excluded due to the initial mandatory online registration. The Congress Party takes immense pride in building the framework over the last 70 years to make India the world’s vaccine hub and, hence, we firmly support a well-planned, universalized & speedy vaccination drive. Our vaccination program has to move beyond an individual’s picture on the vaccine certificate, towards guaranteeing maximum vaccination.”