Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik claimed on Thursday that the French embassy in India has procured the modern anti-coronavirus vaccine and is also being given to its citizens in Navi Mumbai, as only three other vaccines are allowed in the country.
The Minister of Minority Affairs tried to ask the Center how to give the “non-permissible” vaccine to French residents and their relatives here.
Mr Malik, who is the national spokesperson of the NCP, also asked why the Center cannot buy vaccines for the people of India if the French Embassy can.
“Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are the 3 Vaccines that are permitted in India by our government. According to information received by me, the French Embassy in India has procured the vaccine @moderna_tx and is inoculating their citizens and their relatives at Navi Mumbai with the help of @ApolloHosMumbai,” Mr Malik tweeted.
“Question arises, how can a non-permitted vaccine be allowed to be administered? If they can get it, why can’t the Indian government get it for our citizens too? The government and the Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan must clarify,” he added.
with the help of @ApolloHosMumbai.
Question arises, how can a non permitted vaccine be allowed to be administered ?
If they can get it, why can't Indian government get it for our citizens too.
The government and the Health Minister @drharshvardhan must clarify. (2/2)@OfficeofUT
— Nawab Malik نواب ملک नवाब मलिक (@nawabmalikncp) May 13, 2021
The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra, which has a share with the NCP Shiv Sena and the Congress, has been critical of the BJP-led central government over the alleged shortage of vaccines needed to vaccinate the people of the state.