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Central government should not interfere in the supply of vaccines in Maharashtra: Rajesh Tope

If all citizens above 45 years of age are to be vaccinated in Maharashtra, the state needs eight lakh vaccines daily. Therefore, it is not appropriate to be reluctant on the central government for the supply doses, added Rajesh Tope.

Central government should not interfere in the supply of vaccines in Maharashtra: Rajesh Tope
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As vaccination of citizens above 18 years of age is starting from May 1 across the country including Maharashtra, this drive is certified to require a large number of vaccines. Therefore, the state health minister Rajesh Tope has warned the central government to not interfere in the supply of vaccines.

Speaking to the media after the inauguration of the 110-bed COVID care Center at Jalna, Rajesh Tope said that the entire responsibility of vaccinating the citizens between the ages of 18 and 44 has been shifted to the states. The Center will continue to supply vaccines for the citizens below 45 years of age. Given the current situation, many vaccination centres have been shut down due to an insufficient supply of vaccines.

If all citizens above 45 years of age are to be vaccinated in Maharashtra, the state needs eight lakh vaccines daily. Therefore, it is not appropriate to be reluctant on the central government for the supply doses, added Rajesh Tope.

The central government has allowed vaccination to citizens above 18 years of age from May 1. At the same time, it has been clarified that the central government will not supply vaccines to those below the age of 45 years. Since then, many states have announced free vaccinations for citizens between the ages of 18 and 45. But due to insufficient stocks of vaccines, everyone is wondering how to speed up vaccination.

In this regard, in the previous meeting of the cabinet, it was agreed to give a free vaccine to all. It has also been decided to issue a global tender for the vaccine. It is said that the Chief Minister will announce the vaccination process for all adults on May 1.

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