Vaccine Strategy is No Less Than Demonetisation: Rahul

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre’s vaccine strategy. — File photo

The Congress had alleged that the Union government is running away from its responsibilities and the modified vaccine policy will overburden the states and lead to profiteering

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NEW DELHI — In a tweet on Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Centre’s vaccine strategy and said it’s akin to demonetisation.

“Union government’s vaccine strategy is not less than the demonetisation… common people will queue up… will bear the loss of wealth, health and life… and at the end only a few corporates will get the benefit,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.

Earlier on Tuesday, Congress had criticised the vaccine policy. The Congress had alleged that the Union government is running away from its responsibilities and the modified vaccine policy will overburden the states and lead to profiteering but the Union government has finally acknowledged the problem of vaccine shortage and other deficiencies in the current vaccine policy, reports IANS.

“Under the modified vaccine policy the Union government is running away from taking responsibility; it overburdens the states, encourages vaccine manufacturers to profiteer, and will worsen the inequality between states as well as between poor and rich Indians. Nowhere in the world has any government left its vaccination programme to be determined by the vagaries of market forces, and for good reason,” Chidambaram had said on Tuesday.

Shortage of Oxygen

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday blamed the Union government for the shortage of Oxygen in hospitals.

There has been acute shortage of oxygen in Delhi hospitals on Tuesday and hospital like Gangaram had to send SOS to the government to save lives of the people.

Priyanka said, India is one of the biggest producers of Oxygen in the world. This shortage is due to lack of logistics to transport it. Govt has failed us. In a tweet she asked why did govt not make arrangements when a second wave was inevitable? There was time. It’s still not too late, she said.

Congress General Secretary has also raised the issue of oxygen export at a time when the country is reeling under severe shortage and people are losing their life.

“The export in 2019-20 was 4,503 Mt which has increased in 2020-21 to 9,300 Mt. We don’t have oxygen shortage but biggest producers and despite threat of pandemic, export has been doubled. Who will be responsible for death due to oxygen shortage”, she said.

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