BJP today took on opposition alleging that they are trying to create confusion on vaccines and their import. Virtually briefing media, Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra said, Government of India has been fully engaged for the import of vaccine since the middle of last year. He said, it was the result of the government’s talks that Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was brought to India.
Mr Patra said, the Russian vaccine’s production will be increased in India with Dr. Reddy Lab. He said, Bharat Biotech has its own license and the Centre has decided that the company will share its license with three more companies, so that the production of Covaxin is increased. Mr Patra said, Bharat Biotech currently manufactures around one crore vaccines per month and by October it will manufacture 10 crore vaccines per month.
The BJP Spokesperson said, to increase vaccine production, Government of India is giving liberal funding to some more companies under the Covid Security Scheme. Taking on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Patra said, the Chief Minister tried to spread confusion by saying that Government is not giving vaccines to children. He said, vaccination is a scientific method and children are not being vaccinated anywhere in the world.
Mr Patra said, the Centre has provided more than 45 lakh vaccines free to Delhi. He said, apart from this, Delhi government directly procured 8 lakh vaccine from companies. Mr Patra said, private hospitals have procured over 9 lakh vaccines on their own. He said, private hospitals have procured more vaccines than the Delhi government. Mr Patra said, 52 lakh people have been vaccinated in Delhi so far and according to statistics, only 13 percent people have been vaccinated by the Delhi government on their own.