With the vaccination numbers dipping on Tuesday from over 88 lakh doses administered the previous day, the Congress said vaccination cannot be seen as a “one-day fixture” and alleged that the single-day record spike was a “pre-planned image-booster”.
India achieved a “historic milestone” of administering 88.09 lakh coronavirus vaccine doses in a single day on June 21, but the numbers dipped to over 53.4 lakh on Tuesday.
Attacking the government, senior Congress spokesperson P Chidambaram said, “Hoard on Sunday, vaccinate on Monday, and go back to limping on Tuesday. That is the secret behind the world “record” of vaccinations on a “single day”.”
“I am sure the “feat” will find a place in the Guinness book of records! Who knows, there may be a Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to the Modi government,” he said.
“”Modi Hai, Mumkin Hai” must now read “Modi Hai, Miracle Hai“,” the former Union minister added.
Who knows, there may be a Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to the Modi government
‘Modi Hai, Mumkin Hai’ must now read ‘Modi Hai, Miracle Hai’
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) June 22, 2021
Another senior Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh said no doubt there was a big spike in the rate of vaccination on Monday, but the real question is how vaccine supply to states is being allocated and distributed.
There is total “non-transparency” in this regard from the government, he alleged.
“Vaccination cannot be seen like a one-day fixture. Clearly, yesterday was a pre-planned, image-booster. Today we have not sustained that level. We simply have to sustain at least 80 lakhs a day for the next four-five months,” he said in another tweet.
Vaccination cannot be seen like a one-day fixture. Clearly, yesterday was a pre-planned, image-booster. Today we have not sustained that level. We simply have to sustain at least 80 lakhs a day for the next four-five months.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) June 22, 2021
Earlier in the day, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, at a press conference, said, “Yes, good work has happened yesterday (highest number of vaccines administered) but this is not a series of events. The government has to make this process work not just for one day but every day until we have vaccinated our whole population.”
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