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Shortage of doses to disrupt COVID-19 vaccination drive in Rajasthan, says state health minister

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March 10, 2021, 10:09 am

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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot getting vaccinated.

Jaipur: Rajasthan may soon run out of covid-19 vaccines due to acute shortage of supply, the state government claimed on Tuesday

Health minister Raghu Sharma said the state has stock left for up to two days. The minister said the state had received a stock of about 30 lakh from the centre, about 22 lakh have been administrated, 2 lakh were given to the army while the other one lakh were found to be damaged.

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The state government said that if fresh stock is not received by the state, the vaccination drive may come to a halt soon. The centre government, however, refuted the state government’s claims and said has enough stock of vaccines.

According to centre government, Rajasthan was supplied with at 37 lakh doses but the state has administrated only 24 lakh vaccines. The centre government said that it was monitoring availability and vaccine supply in all states and union territories of the state and providing the doses keeping mind the ration between requirement and consumption.

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The senior residents worry that vaccination process should not be made a scapegoat due to the central and state’s tussle. “It is unfortunate to see that there are allegations and counter- allegations floating around on this issue. The centre and the state must find so consensus on the issue so that people don’t suffer,” said Om Prakash Kasera (65) a resident of Jaipur who received first dose of vaccine a few days ago.

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First published: March 10, 2021