‘States vs Union’ situation, says Jagan; asks CMs to ‘speak in single voice’ on vaccines

Having acquired no bids for its world tender for vaccine procurement, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Thursday wrote to Chief Ministers of a number of states, together with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, that the state of affairs has reworked right into a “States vs Union” concern and it was time for all states to “communicate in a single voice”.

With the vaccination drive slowing down in states, Reddy’s tone has modified fairly a bit from a month in the past when he “urged” his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren not to indulge in politics by pointing fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Could 6, Soren had tweeted that Prime Minister Modi known as and solely spoke his thoughts, and didn’t hassle to pay attention. Responding to this, Reddy tweeted, “On this struggle towards Covid-19, these are the occasions not to level fingers however to come collectively and strengthen the fingers of our Prime Minister to successfully fight the pandemic.”

In Thursday’s letter to CMs, Reddy, nonetheless, termed the Centre’s determination to give states a bigger say in vaccine procurement as “unwarranted” particularly with so many constraints in vaccine manufacturing. The vaccination drive itself was “suffering from a number of coordination points”, he stated.

“It’s my request that as Chief Ministers we communicate in a single voice and urge the Authorities of India to take cost and accountability of the vaccination drive, the best way it was occurring in the early a part of the yr,” he stated. A centralised and coordinated vaccination, supported by the state, would lead to great outcomes for the individuals of India, he additional stated.

The AP authorities had floated a worldwide tender on Could 13 for vaccines (from international producers) adequate to inoculate one crore individuals. “The date of submission of bids was third June till 5 pm, however to my dismay nobody quoted…” he stated in his letter.

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