Mumbai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the central government over its decision to increase the gap between two COVID-19 doses and said the country needs quick and complete immunization.
Taking to Twitter, the former Congress president alleged that the government was trying to ‘hide PM’s false image’.
“India needs quick and complete vaccination- not BJP’s usual brand of lies & rhyming slogans to cover-up vaccine shortage caused by Modi Govt’s inaction. GOI’s constant attempts to save PM’s fake image are facilitating the virus & costing people’s lives,” Gandhi said, citing a report which claimed that the government had increased the gap between two Covishield doses without the consent of the scientific community.
India needs quick & complete vaccination- not BJP’s usual brand of lies & rhyming slogans to cover-up vaccine shortage caused by Modi Govt’s inaction.
GOI’s constant attempts to save PM’s fake image are facilitating the virus & costing people’s lives. pic.twitter.com/UUeRpDabSD
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 16, 2021
Earlier today, the government-backed its decision to increase the gap between the two doses, saying the move was backed by scientific data.
“Decision to increase the gap between administering 2 doses of Covishield has been taken in a transparent manner based on scientific data. India has a robust mechanism to evaluate data,” said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
He also slammed the opposition parties for politicising the vaccination drive in the country.
India on January 16 this year launched the world’s largest vaccination campaign in a phased manner, with healthcare workers (HCWs) being vaccinated first. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) began on February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people above 60 years of age and 45 years and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 from April 1. Phase 3 of the vaccination drive was started on May 1 for the beneficiaries belonging to the age group 18-44.