Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, however, reiterated that at least 40 lakh doses per week would be required to run the campaign. There were about 12 lakh doses left in Maharashtra on Thursday afternoon, which is expected to expire in the next two days. Tope said – ‘17.43 lakh is also insufficient.’
According to a report in the English newspaper The Indian Express, according to an order of the Union Ministry of Health, in the coming days, 350 lakh Kovishield supplements will be distributed. Uttar Pradesh will get 44.98 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh will get 33.76 lakhs, Karnataka will get 29.06 lakhs, Haryana 24 lakhs, West Bengal 21 lakhs, Maharashtra 17.43 lakhs, and Gujarat 15.57 lakhs.
Nearly 4 lakh people are getting vaccinated daily in MaharashtraAround 4 lakh people are getting vaccinated daily in the most affected state, Maharashtra. Maharashtra has the highest number of people (89.49 lakh) vaccinated across the country. The opposition alleges that the Center is favoring the BJP-ruled states in the supply of vaccines.
After Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Gujarat (81.47 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (78.47 lakh) and West Bengal (70.55 lakh) have received the most vaccinations. According to the report, a Maharashtra health officer said that ‘the center allocates vaccine stock on daily consumption basis. But both Maharashtra and Rajasthan have got short supply. Maharashtra Health Secretary Dr. Pradeep Vyas said that keeping in mind our population, this (supply) looks very strange. All these supplies will be given after 15 April.
Vaccination has been completely stopped in Panvel and Satara, while vaccination will stop in Sangli, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nashik from Friday. In Mumbai, many centers have stopped vaccinating, and almost all may have to be stopped by Saturday. Navi Mumbai Corporation Commissioner Abhijeet Bangar said, ‘Many people came and found that there is no vaccine. Such a halt will have a negative impact on our efforts.
Maharashtra being given low doses of Kovid-19 vaccine: Tope
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope asked Neguruwar why the state is being given fewer Kovid-19 vaccines than some other states including Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, while the state is the leader in vaccination campaigns and has the highest number of under-treatment cases. Tope said that Maharashtra needs 40 lakh doses of the vaccine every week and clarified that the vaccination campaign is not a confrontation issue between the Center and the state.
He said that the state Koguruwar received 7.5 lakh doses of the vaccine. Tope said, “After talking to the Union Health Minister today, I was told that after April 15, we will get 17.5 lakh doses.” Tope said that Maharashtra has received 7.5 lakh doses, Uttar Pradesh has been given 48 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh has been given 40 lakh, Gujarat has been given 30 lakh and Haryana has been given 24 lakh doses.
We have barely nine million doses left – Tope
He questioned, ‘Maharashtra is the leader in vaccination campaign and has the highest number of under-treated cases but why only 7.5 lakh doses have been given.’ Tope said that Maharashtra accounts for 55 per cent of the total under-trial cases in the country and the vaccine supply should be as per the requirement. He said that Maharashtra with a population of 12 crore has received 1.04 crore doses so far, while Gujarat with a population of six crore in the neighborhood has been given 10 million doses, where there are about 17,000 sub-cases.
Tope said that as on date, Maharashtra has the highest number of under-4.5 lakh under-trial cases while the number of infected has exceeded 30 lakh. He said, ‘Maharashtra is a geographically and population-wise state … The center should compare Maharashtra with other states in terms of number of patients, investigations, under-treatment patients. ‘Tope said,’ We have barely nine lakh doses left, which will allow us to be vaccinated for one or one and a half days. ‘ Also said that many vaccination centers in Satara, Sangli and Panvel have been closed due to lack of vaccines.
Center ‘biased in allotment of vaccines’ just pretends’: Harsh Vardhan
On the other hand, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday rejected the allegations of some states of favoring the Center regarding Kovid vaccines and said that they are trying to hide their incompetence. He said that the three top states in terms of allotment of vaccines include non-BJP ruled states like Maharashtra and Rajasthan. As Kovid-19 cases reached the highest level in India, Harsh Vardhan said that 9.1 crore doses of vaccines have been used while 24 million are in stock and 19 million vaccines are to come. He said that this shows that adequate doses of vaccines are available for all states.
He tweeted, ‘The noise of some states is only a sham on the partisanship by the central government, an attempt to hide their incompetence. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are two of the top three states based on the allocation of doses of Kovid vaccines. Both are non-BJP ruled states. Harshvardhan released the figures in another tweet, saying, ‘Let’s end this fear now! Total doses of Kovid vaccines were given: more than 9 crores, being in stock or supplied to the states: more than 4.3 crores. Where does the question of scarcity arise? We are constantly monitoring and increasing supply.