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Sisodia flays Indian government on vaccine availability

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Photo: Facebook/@ ManishSisodiaAAP

New Delhi, May 29 (MNN) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday questioned if the Indian government did not have coronavirus vaccines to give to the states, how come private hospitals were getting the same to offer at a price to people.

“The Indian government is holding on to vaccines. When the states ask for vaccines, they are told there are not vaccines. Then how do private hospitals get the vaccine, which they administer for a price?” the Deputy CM asked.

“There are 92 lakh youths in Delhi, for which we need 1.84 crore vaccine doses. But the central government informed us that Delhi will not get the vaccine before June 10. Because of which, we had to stop forcing all the vaccination centres for the youth,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.

He also said that the Indian government had given only 4.5 lakh vaccines to Delhi for vaccination of the youth in April, 3.67 lakh vaccines in May, and 5.5 lakh doses for June.

He also said that the GST Council meeting held on Friday could not decide on the removal of tax on coronavirus vaccines as many Finance Ministers from BJP-ruled states strongly opposed it.

On the other hand, many states like West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra etc demanded that vaccines to made tax- free, Sisodia said.

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