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Modi created vaccine shortage through exports, Sonia Gandhi says

| Updated: April 11, 2021 09:03:11


Modi created vaccine shortage through exports, Sonia Gandhi says

India’s Congress party president Sonia Gandhi has alleged that Indian central government exported Covid-19 vaccine and thus allowed shortage in India.

Indian opposition leader came up with the statement at a meeting of Congress-ruled states’ chief ministers to review Covid-19 situation in the nation, reports Hindustan Times.

"The Modi government has mismanaged the situation--exported vaccine and allowed a shortage to be created in India," she added.

During the meeting, Gandhi discussed the efforts to fight Covid-19 including the availability of vaccine, access to medicines and ventilators. "Public gatherings, including poll rallies should be cancelled," she said.

Gandhi also asked chief ministers of Congress-ruled states to scale up testing and tracking of Covid-19 vaccination.

"We must focus on India's vaccination drive first and foremost, then only export vaccines and gift them to other countries. We must stress on responsible behavior adhering to all laws and Covid regulations without exception. It is our responsibility to raise issues and push the government to move away from PR tactics and act in the interest of the people," she added.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh and Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel were among those who participated in the meeting.

While Singh pointed out that Punjab's vaccination stock will last for five more days, Baghel said Chhattisgarh will run out of the vaccine stock in three days.

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