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Rahul Gandhi takes a swipe at Centre over fast-track emergency approval for foreign vaccines

Most recently, Sputnik V, a Russian-made vaccine has been cleared for emergency use in India.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a jibe at the government’s decision to fast track emergency approval for foreign-produced anti-coronavirus vaccines, suggesting it had been prompted by his party.

Citing a quote of Mahatama Gandhi, he tweeted, First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. In his tweet, the Congress leader also tagged a media report on the central government saying it has fast-tracked emergency approval for foreign-produced jabs.

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With an aim to expand the basket of Covid-19 vaccines amid the surging infections, the Centre has fast-tracked emergency approval for foreign-produced jabs that have been granted similar clearances in other countries. Most recently, Sputnik V, a Russian-made vaccine has been cleared for emergency use in India. The move paves way for several other vaccines including those made by Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, etc in India with certain conditions.

Gandhi had written to Prime Minister urging the government to fast-track approval for more vaccines. He was then sharply criticised by BJP leaders for his demand. BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had accused Gandhi of lobbying for pharma companies by asking for arbitrary approval for foreign vaccines.

In another tweet, Gandhi has paid tribute to B R Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. He wrote, India is now proving that it is indeed possible to regress in time. Today, we remember Babasaheb who asked the difficult questions that helped put our country on the path of progress. 

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In a tweet, he also sent greetings on the occasion of Vishu festival. Hope the new year brings new prospects, better health, and peaceful times, he wrote.

Earlier, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had also written to the Prime Minister, requesting him to allow emergency use of all the vaccine candidates having required clearances.

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