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RaGa slams Modi, calls vaccine shortage a serious issue, not “Utsav”

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Criticising Centre for exporting Covid-19 vaccines abroad while the country need it the most, the opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi also took on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his call to observe a “tika utsav”, or ”vaccine festival”, between April 11 and 14 to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries across states.

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Slamming Modi’s call, Congress leader on Friday said that the shortage of vaccine doses against coronavirus is a serious issue and not an “utsav”. Targeting Modi-led Central government over export of vaccines at a time when vaccine centres in several states, including hardest-hit Maharashtra, are reportedly turning people away as their supplies run out, the Congress MP lashed out on twitter.

“Amid the growing corona crisis, shortage of vaccines is a very serious issue and not an “utsav”. Is it right to export vaccines by putting the lives of the countrymen at risk? The central government must help all states without any bias. We have to defeat this pandemic together,” Mr Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.

However, during his virtual meet with chief ministers on Thursday, PM Modi referred to the ongoing row over vaccination between the Union Health Ministry and the Maharashtra government, sending a clear and categorical message that he doesn’t endorse any kind of political blame game while fighting this pandemic.

“There was a sort of competition between states when the number of coronavirus cases started rising,” he said.

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“This state is completely useless, its numbers are so high. That state is doing so well. Comparing various states became a fashion.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has not imposed any export ban on anti-coronavirus vaccines, adding that the supply of made-in-India vaccines abroad would continue while also taking care of the country’s domestic needs.

Covid cases in India have pushed the total case count to over 1.3 crore, as latest data.

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