While the Centre has increased Maharashtra’s vaccine allocation from 7 lakh to 17 lakh, Tope said that this is not enough as the state needs at least 40 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine per week and 1.6 crore doses per month.
Tope said that the Centre is not helping Maharashtra as much as it should, alleging that Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana etc.—states ruled by the BJP— have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra.
Tope said that he spoke to Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan immediately after the vaccine order was received and raised “the issue of discrimination”.
“Gujarat is half the population of Maharashtra. Gujarat has received 1 crore vaccines till now, however, we have got only 1.04 lakhs vaccine dosages,” said Tope.
“We have the most number active patients, positivity rate and death with 12 crore population. Why we are given so few vaccines?” said the state health minister.
Tope further said that Dr Vardhan assured him that corrections will be done soon.
“We are still waiting. We want 1.6 crore vaccine dosages per month and 40 lakh every week because we are vaccinating 6 lakh people every day,” said Tope.
In addition to the issue of vaccine supply, Tope listed out three other issues of Remdesivir supply and price control, oxygen supply from nearby states and ventilator operational support that the state government intends to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting scheduled later today to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Maharashtra reports highest daily cases; highest death toll
While Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala cumulatively account for 74.13 per cent of India’s total active cases, Maharashtra alone accounts for 55.26 per cent of the total active cases of the country.
The state has reported the highest daily new cases at 59,907, as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare data and is followed by Chhattisgarh with 10,310 while Karnataka reported 6,976 new cases.
India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new Covid-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh mark again, as per health ministry data.
Ten states account for 87.59 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (322). Punjab follows with 62 daily deaths, as per the ministry data on Thursday.
According to the health ministry, cumulatively 9,01,98,673 vaccine doses have been administered through 13,77,304 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. Nearly 30 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
Eight states account for 60 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.
(With inputs from agencies)