“Only 7.5 lakh Covid-19 vaccine dosages for Maharashtra,” says Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope claimed that the state has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages only, which is least as compared to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana.

Rajesh Tope, the Health Minister of Maharashtra, on Thursday, April 8, accused the centre of supplying less vaccines to the state which has the highest number of cases. Citing figures from the Centre’s latest release order, Tope said, “Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages only. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana etc have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra,” as quoted by news agency ANI.

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday put the Centre on docks as he asked why the country’s worst-hit Covid-19 state is not allocated vaccine doses proportionate to its requirements.

The state minister said that Maharashtra needs at least 1.6 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine per month but the Centre has only allocated 7.5 lakh vaccine doses. The minister said that the Centre is not helping Maharashtra as much as it should.

Tope also said that he spoke to Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan immediately after the vaccine order was received and raised “the issue of discrimination”.

“We have the most number active patients, positivity rate and death with 12 crore population. Why we are given so few vaccines?,” asked the state health minister.

Tope further said that Dr Vardhan assured him that corrections will be done soon.
“We are still waiting. We want 1.6 crore vaccine dosages per month and 40 lakh every week because we are vaccinating 6 lakh people every day,” said Tope.

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