Supriya Sule, a Lok Sabha MP and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, said on Wednesday (April 7) that 109 COVID-19 vaccination centres in Pune were closed due to a vaccine shortage.
Sule also said that due to a shortage of coronavirus vaccines, many people returned home without getting vaccinated. “Pune District vaccinated 55,539 persons today in 391 vaccination centers today. Several thousand people went back without being vaccinated because the vaccines stock was exhausted,” according to the NCP leader in a tweet.
“109 centers remained shut today because they had no stock of vaccines. Our momentum may be lost due to lack of stock, we remain determined to vaccinate every consenting person to save lives, to break the chain of infection and to get our economy back on its feet at the earliest,” she added.
Sule also urged Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister, to assist with the COVID-19 vaccines. She tweeted, “Requesting Hon. Dr Harsh Vardhan ji to kindly help us with the COVID 19 vaccines,”
According to data released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday, Pune registered 10,907 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 62 patients dying and 7,832 recovering.
Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan refuted the Maharashtra government’s argument of a vaccine shortage on Wednesday, calling it “completely unfounded.” “The inability of the Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further. Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and state governments are being apprised regularly about it.
Allegations of vaccine shortage are utterly baseless,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
After Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state’s inoculation centres are closing due to a shortage of coronavirus vaccines, and that the state now has 14 lakh doses that will only last three days, he responded.
Maharashtra continues to have the most regular cases in the country. In the last 24 hours, the state recorded 59,907 new COVID-19 cases and 322 deaths.