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Health Minister slams Rahul Gandhi for questioning vaccine availability, says no vaccine shortage in India

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday slammed the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi for questioning over the availability of Covid vaccine in India and said no vaccine shortage in India.

Earlier on Sunday, Gandhi took a dig at the alleged deficiency of Covid vaccines and slammed the government for not providing adequate stocks to the states and UTs. Using hashtag #WhereAreVaccines, Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi that July is gone, but the shortage of vaccine hasn’t gone away.

In response of this tweet, Mandaviya said more than 13 crore doses were administered in July and the drive is going to accelerate this month. He also asked Gandhi to join everyone in feeling proud about the work done by the country’s health workers.

Claiming that there is no lack of vaccines, Mandaviya in series of tweets said Gandhi lacks maturity. He advised Gandhi to feel proud at the tireless efforts of health workers who have administered over 13 crore vaccine doses in July.

Hitting back at Gandhi, Mandaviya said India has administered over 13 crore Covid vaccine doses in July and Rahul Gandhi was one of them who were vaccinated in July but he did not speak a word for scientists and did not appeal to the public to vaccinate.

The Health Minister also claimed that more than 3 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states, Union territories and private hospitals.

Meanwhile, Health Ministry data showed that a total of 60,15,842 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hrs, taking the total to 47,02,98,596 so far. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said that India has achieved the landmark in vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic, successfully having administered the vaccine to over 47 crore people across the nation.

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The Congress has been criticising the Central govt over its vaccination strategy and asked them to vaccinate all Indians and protect them from Covid-19 in future under Centre’s free vaccination drive.

In other India News, The Indian researchers have predicted that the country is likely to experience a surge in Covid-19 cases in October.

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