Published On: Tue, Apr 20th, 2021

Mamata writes to PM over ‘faulty’ vaccine policy

Kolkata: A day after the Central government announced the ‘universal’ Covid vaccine policy, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday criticised the Central government, terming policy as “hollow”, “without any substance” and “regrettable show of evasion of responsibility by the Centre at the time of crisis”.

Chief Minister alleged that no reply from the Centre has come so far

In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee said, “The announcement doesn’t address the major issues like quality, efficacy, stable flow of supply of the required vaccines by the manufacturers and also the price at which the vaccines are to be purchased by the states.”

“It is apprehended that the announced policy might lead to unscrupulous mechanisms in the market, including the prices of vaccines as it appears to be based on market prices which may put the common people under huge financial burden.

“More importantly, the supply would also become very erratic as the vaccine manufacturers are hardly prepared to scale up their production capacity to the desired levels to meet the nationwide demand,” she added.

Reminding the Prime Minister of her letter dated February 24, she said, “I had requested your intervention to allow our state to purchase vaccines directly with the state resources and give free vaccination to the people of the state.”

The Chief Minister alleged that no reply from the Centre has come so far.

“Now when the number of cases in the state is spiralling like anything, the Centre has chosen to tactically indulge in making an empty rhetoric and shy away from the responsibility for making vaccines available to the people of the country,” she said.

Banerjee also asked the Prime Minister to take steps so that the vaccines become available in the market.

“I would like to mention once again that, presently, the required vaccines are not available in the market and I request that steps may immediately be taken to ensure the availability of vaccines at the earliest,” she said.

This is the second letter the Chief Minister sent to Modi in three days.

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