New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday inquired government about the scarcity of vaccines doses in the country in her series, titled "jimmedar Kaun" (who is responsible).
The Congress leader took to her official Facebook page and asked three specific questions regarding country's vaccination drive which has time and again been termed as world's biggest inoculation drive even as most of the states face vaccine shortage. "When the Prime Minister is saying that they were ready with the plan of vaccination, then why did the government only order 1.60 crore vaccines and why did the government export vaccines at the cost of Indians, and when India is the largest manufacturer of the vaccine, why did it have to import?" she asked.
She said these are the questions every Indian is asking to the Central government. Last year the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day said that India is ready with the vaccination plan, she recalled. "Initially, the earlier success of vaccine made impression that it will be done in good way. As Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru established vaccine unit in 1948 in Chennai and gave a path to vaccination program in the country. India has been successful in vaccination against polio and small pox."
"But the bitter reality is that what was expected a smooth program became a tool of publicity for the Prime Minister and after being the largest manufacturer, India is reduced to an importer for a population of 130 crore. Only 11 per cent got the first dose and 3 per cent both the doses," she mentioned.
While other countries were placing orders in bulk to secure vaccines, PM Modi was exporting vaccines, she claimed.
Notably, Priyanka had announced on Tuesday that she will commence "Jimmedar Kaun" (Who is responsible) series which will cover a range of topics related to Covid-19 pandemic. She has sought feedback and suggestions of her series from her audience.
Meanwhile, in its morning update, the Health Ministry said that a total of 20,06,62,456 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 20,39,087 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.