COVID-19 vaccination: Congress (*18*) Ministers claim no supply for next round of jab for 18 and above
(*18*) Ministers from Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Jharkhand addressed a joint press convention
: Rajasthan (*18*) Minister Raghu Sharma stated that when the State authorities reached out to the Serum Institute of India (SII) it was informed that no vaccines had been out there until May 15.
The Union authorities had introduced opening the third round of vaccines for all above 18 years of age.
“When we reached out the Serum Institute, to procure additional stock of vaccines for the May 1 onward drive to vaccinate all above 18 years of age. We were told that the Institute will not be able to give any doses till May 15. They said that they are booked till then delivering orders to the Centre,” Mr. Sharma stated.
Mr. Sharma was talking throughout a joint press convention of (*18*) Ministers from Congress-ruled States which included T.S. Singh Deo from Chhattisgarh, Balbir Singh Sidhu from Punjab and Banna Gupta from Jharkhand.
“There is no way we can vaccinate if vaccine is not available. This is to misguide the nation. They will claim that they opened the vaccines for all, but the States are unable to carry it out,” Mr. Deo stated.
Mr. Sidhu stated that Punjab at current had solely 4 lakh doses and might vaccinate all above 18 provided that further doses got here in.