New Delhi: In a series of tweets, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya debunked the allegations and myths about vaccine shortage and slow availability, stating that such statements are not based on facts and intend to create panic among the people.
He stated that that the situation may be better understood through an evaluation of the evidence and facts.
“To allow vaccination through government and private hospitals, 11.46 crore vaccine doses were made available to State governments and Union Territories in June 2021 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This availability has been increased to 13.50 crore doses in the month of July,” he tweeted.
Adding to it Mandaviya informed that the States were also informed in advance about the availability of vaccines everyday for the first and second fortnight of July 2021. This was done so that States are aware of the time and quantity of doses and thereby plan the vaccination drive in a better and effective manner at the State/District level. Thus, the States/UTs were advised to plan their COVID -19 vaccination sessions based on the availability of the COVID vaccines so that people of the country do not face any problem.
The Union Health Minister also alarmed the persons who are making statements in the media, that they are creating misinformation and panic in the people.
Pointed out that if mismanagement and long queues of vaccination beneficiaries are being seen, it is the responsibility of respective states to handle the issue.
He also advised people who question on vaccine shortage to introspect whether they have distanced themselves so much from governance processes and the related information being given to them, that they are not even aware of the correct advance information being provided regarding availability of vaccines.