Black fungus medicine and vaccine shortage: Rahul, Priyanka take on govt

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 01:30 AM IST
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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | —file photo

New Delhi

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tweeted to seek clarification on what steps taken to tide over the shortage of Amphotericin-B medicine for the treatment of black fungus.

“What is the process for getting this medicine to the patients,” he asked.

In a Facebook post, his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra posed questions on slow vaccination in India, pointing out the countries maximising the vaccination did not have much effect of the second wave when compared with India where it proved to be more frightening with 320% attack compared to the first wave.

She regretted only 12% population has taken the first dose while only 3.4% population is fully vaccinated with 2 doses. She reminded PM Modi had declared in his Independence Day address last year a complete roadmap for vaccination of every citizen is ready, but the same PM pulled back his hand to vaccinate all, putting the responsibility on the state govts.

Priyanka wondered how will India get the vaccines to inoculate all when the Modi government had ordered only 34 crore vaccines till May 1. She said many vaccination centres are shut and the vaccination of 18-44 is moving at a slow pace. She questioned the price differences in the vaccines — Rs150 a dose for the Centre, Rs400 for the states and Rs600 for the private hospitals.

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