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Steadfast Center in Determination to Help Bengal Fight Covid: Harsh Vardhan | India News

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NEW DELHI: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking a uniform vaccination policy for the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured her on Friday that the Center was firm in its determination to help the state to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, but also noted more than 40 percent positivity rate in some districts of the state.
Vardhan also called on West Bengal’s chief minister to focus on conducting more tests for infections in the state.
In a four-page letter to her and posted on her Twitter timeline, the Health Minister congratulated Banerjee on her victory in the recent assembly elections.

Referring to her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on “additional requirements for the management of Covid-19 in West Bengal,” the minister said that the Center has been supporting each and every state “not only financially, but also to through the necessary diagnostics, therapies and medical devices, and other essential materials and services. ”
In addition, he noted a high positivity rate of more than 40 percent in some districts of West Bengal and stated that the tests needed to be significantly increased.
“Similarly, we will need to significantly increase the health infrastructure in the state,” he wrote.
The letter came on a day when the West Bengal government moved the Supreme Court to ask for instructions to dissolve the Center’s Phase III vaccine policy and the adoption of a uniform policy of acquiring 100 percent Covid-19 doses. from vaccine manufacturers for equitable distribution to all Union states and territories for free decentralized distribution.
The state government also sought to sideline the differential pricing mechanism for Covid-19 vaccines and cap the price of vaccines to a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose.
The guilty plea in the supreme court followed letters written by Banerjee to Modi about various requirements listed by her to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.



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