Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said many lives could have been saved in India if the doses were given to people in the country first. He attacked the centre over the export of vaccine outside just for “image building” and earning praise from the centre fraternity.
It is a crime committed by the central government to sell a vaccine to other countries only for its image management at a time when people were dying in our own country.
He said a large number of youth in the country perished to the coronavirus in the second wave of the pandemic. Their lives could have been saved if the vaccines were given to them instead of exporting the dose. The centre should now ensure that the vaccines manufactured in the country are provided to the states that are facing a shortage.
Sisodia charged claiming around one lakh people died in the country due to covid 19 since march this year. He said Delhi received only 5.5 lakh doses to vaccinate those between 18-45 year, while 6.5 crore doses were sent abroad. Sisodia said the Centre sold coronavirus vaccines to 93 countries of which 60 per cent had Covid-19 under control, and also where there was no threat of loss of life due to the virus.
The number reflects how our central government does not value the life of our younger generation. All the countries including Canada, the USA and the UK gathered enough vaccines and prioritised vaccinating their own citizens first.
The Deputy CM said that the second wave of Covid-19 has caused a massive surge in new cases and deaths and there are shortages of beds in hospitals.
There was hope that our mortality rate with Covid would reduce. While scientists in India developed two types of Covid-19 vaccine, we have still not been able to vaccinate our citizens in a swift manner, and this is very distressing.
The Deputy Chief Minister requested the Central government to learn from countries like Canada, the US, France and other European nations and prioritise vaccinating all Indian citizen, and make vaccine accessible to all.
This is a huge mistake made by the Centre as young people of our country is not getting vaccinated and the young people are spending hours desperately trying to seek appointments online to get vaccinated.”.