Formulate COVID-19 vaccine allotment criteria: Tope to Centre

Formulate COVID-19 vaccine allotment criteria: Tope to Centre

Mumbai, Apr 10 (PTI) Maharashtra Health Minister
Rajesh Tope has urged the Centre to formulate criteria for
allotment of COVID-19 vaccines by taking into consideration
factors like population and number of active coronavirus cases
of a particular state.

He alleged that many states, which are smaller than
Maharashtra in terms of population and the number of patients,
have received more doses.

Talking to reporters, Tope said that out of thelatest
dispatch of 3.5 crore doses by the Centre, Maharashtra
received 7 lakh and the Centre added another 10 lakh “after
much persuasion”.

“The criteria should be decided in terms of the size
of the population and the number of active cases,” he said,
adding that many smaller states with less population and
number of active cases had got more doses than Maharashtra.

He said that Maharashtra, with a population of over 12
crore, accounts for 60 per cent of the total number of active
cases in the country.

The number is more because testing has been increased
substantially, he said.

Tope said the state had mobilised its capacity to
administer six lakh doses on daily basis.

“We have scaled up the daily vaccination up to 6 lakh
people. Weekly we are able to vaccinate 40 lakh people and
monthly around 1.60 crore…We need vaccine accordingly. Where
there are more cases, it is necessary that we develop immunity
and vaccine is the only answer,he said.

“Today we have 8 lakh doses available and we have been
told we will get four lakh doses in a day. If the supply of
doses is on a daily basis, how will the vaccines be
transported to other parts of the state on time?” he asked.

Stating that 70 vaccine centres in Mumbai have closed
and places like Sangli, Satara, Panvel are also facing
shortage, due to which all the centres there have been
affected.

People visiting the centres are being turned away. All
this is very embarrassing, he said and reiterated that the
state”s vaccine wastage percentage is just three per cent.

“The Centre is not addressing these issues seriously,”
Tope alleged.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters
that all political parties should set aside their differences
and unite to save lives from coronavirus.

“An MLA from Nanded has died, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
has been hospitalised. The virus is attacking VIPs and common
people alike. We need to unite to tackle the pandemic. The
opposition should cooperate and give suggestions if the state
government is falling short,” he said.

To a question on the ”Tika Utsav” (vaccine festival)
as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Raut said the
aim of the programme is to create awareness about vaccination.

“Without creating controversies, the Centre should
give Maharashtra the number of doses it requires,” he said.
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