Jodhpur: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday rubbished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of having completed 100 crore vaccinations in the country and said that only 29 crore people have been given both doses of the corona vaccine.
Surejwala, who came to Jodhpur to mourn the death of former minister Mahipal Maderna, on Friday said that 103 crore people in the country are above 18 years of age, out of which only 29 crore have been given both doses of corona vaccine. 42 crore people have received only one dose and 32 crore people have not been given a single dose. He said that now schools and colleges have opened. Because of this, children are most at risk. The scientists of the country have developed two types of vaccines for children, but the center is not yet approving them.
He said that the central government has set a target to vaccinate everyone in the country by December 31. To achieve this target, 106 crore vaccines are to be administered in 70 days, but we are able to administer only 35 lakh doses per day. He said that 30 crore children and 32 crore adults have not received a single dose so far.
Stating that there is a need to introduce a third dose in the form of booster dose to the front line workers and people above 65 years of age in the country, Mr Surjewala said that the US and European Union have taken this step in their own countries, but it is yet to be implemented in India. No policy has been made in this regard. He also rubbished the Prime Minister’s statement that no vaccine was made in the country before the corona vaccine.