Maharashtra govt wasted 5 lakh doses of COVID vaccines due to lack of planning: Javadekar

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Maharashtra govt wasted 5 lakh doses of COVID vaccines due to lack of planning: Javadekar
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New Delhi, April 8

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Union minister and senior BJP chief Prakash Javadekar alleged on Thursday that 5 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccines had been wasted in Maharashtra due to a lack of planning by the state authorities.

Addressing a press convention on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workplace right here, Javadekar, who himself hails from Maharashtra, mentioned he has taken all the data and 23 lakh doses of the vaccines can be found with the Maharashtra authorities.

His remarks got here after Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday mentioned many inoculation centres within the state are being shut due to a scarcity of the vaccines and that the state now has 14 lakh doses, which might solely final for 3 days.

Read additionally: Mumbai’s COVID-19 vaccination to halt due to lack of vaccines: Mayor

“I want to make it clear that the Maharashtra government has 23 lakh doses of the vaccines with it…which is a stock for five to six days. Now, to distribute in villages and districts is the responsibility of the state government,” Javadekar mentioned.

He alleged that the Maharashtra authorities has “wasted five lakh doses of the vaccines, and it is not a small number, due to its lack of planning. The planning for carrying out a vaccination drive is the responsibility of the state government”.

The Union minister additionally mentioned the next quantity of vaccines was given to Maharashtra as in contrast to the Centre’s earlier allocation to the state. PTI

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