Prime Minister criticizes those who ‘make policy on the corona vaccine’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday during his interaction with senior ministers that some people were engaging in policy on the coronavirus vaccine, people familiar with the development said.
A person present at the meeting quoted Modi as saying that some people were making policy on the corona vaccine and nothing could stop them.
“It was just a passing comment, as the general atmosphere of the meeting was cooperation and not confrontation,” the person added.
But the comments were widely interpreted as an indirect reference to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on Monday in which he posed a series of questions to the prime minister about the preparation of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution as it becomes available on Monday. India. .
Gandhi asked: “The prime minister should tell the nation: 1. Of all the Covid vaccine candidates, which one will the GOI (Government of India) choose and why? 2. Who will get the vaccine first and what will be the distribution strategy? 3. Will PMCares funds be used to guarantee free vaccination? 4. By when will all the Indians be vaccinated? “.
Gandhi’s questions came before the prime minister’s virtual meeting with top ministers of states where the Covid-19 pandemic situation has deteriorated in recent weeks.
Among those who attended the review meeting were the chief ministers of Delhi (Arvind Kejriwal), Haryana (Manohar Lal Khattar) Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot), West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee), Maharashtra (Uddhav Thackeray), Chhattisgarh (Bhupesh Baghel ) and Gujarat. (Vijay Rupani). Also present were the Interior Minister, Amit Shah, and the union health minister, Harsh Vardhan.
The delivery, distribution and administration modalities of the Covid-19 vaccine were also discussed during the meeting.
The coronavirus vaccine became the topic of conversation in the Bihar elections after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in its manifesto promised the free distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine once approved by the Indian Council of Medical Investigation.
The announcement sparked strong reactions from Congress and other rival parties, who accused the BJP of playing politics over the Covid-19 pandemic and insisted that the vaccine belonged to all indigenous people and not to the ruling party.