CMs from southern states ask Modi for more vaccines

CMs from southern states ask Modi for more vaccinesPicture credit: FILE PHOTO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was urged on Friday by chief ministers of southern states to increase vaccine supply to ensure maximum protection before the third wave of Covid-19 hits.

During a video conference with the PM, the chief ministers informed him of the measures being taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus despite an increase in cases.

In the video conference, which was attended by chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala, where many districts are reporting a surge in infections, Prime Minister Modi said the country has reached a point where there are concerns about a third wave of the pandemic. He emphasised an effective trace, track and vaccinate methodology and strengthening of micro-containment zone strategy. 

The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, said that only 4,20,209 of 17,71,580 doses given to private hospitals have been consumed in June. It was his request to the Prime Minister to make the remaining stocks in private hospitals available to the government.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa demanded that the government supply the state with 10.5 million doses of the Covid vaccine each month. To cover a large portion of the population, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan also requested six million more doses.

“The demand for vaccines has tremendously increased in Tamil Nadu,” MK Stalin, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said. “However, when compared with other states, the allocation for our state is very less. To handle this tough situation, I had requested a special allocation of one crore vaccine doses. I look forward to your support in this important issue,” he told Modi. 

Source: Hindustan Times

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