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Shortage of vaccine serious issue, not 'Utsav': Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi's 'Tika' fest call

Gandhi said vaccine shortage is a very serious problem during times of coronavirus and it is not a celebration. He also called upon the central govt to help states without any bias and provide them with more vaccines.

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New Delhi Published on: April 09, 2021 13:24 IST
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Rahul Gandhi questions Central govt over export of COVID vaccines.

Amid a massive spike in COVID-19 cases in India, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioned the export of vaccines on Friday. He asked if it is right to do so and put the lives of Indians in danger.

He said vaccine shortage is a very serious problem during times of coronavirus and is not a celebration.

Gandhi also called upon the central government to help states without any bias and provide them with more vaccines.

"Shortage of vaccine in view of the rise in corona cases is a very serious problem and not a celebration," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

"Is it right to export the vaccine and put Indians at risk. The central government should help all states without any bias. We all have to fight this pandemic together and defeat it," he added.

Some states have been demanding more vaccines and the Congress is seeking the vaccine for all. The Centre, however, has accused some states of doing politics on the issue of vaccines.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that 9.1 crore vaccine doses have been utilised, while 2.4 crore are in stock and 1.9 crore vaccines are in the pipeline, indicating there are sufficient doses available for all states.

He also dismissed as "farce" the "hue and cry" by certain states about partisanship by the Centre and called it an attempt to hide their own incompetence.

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