Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday chaired the 24th meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss the current national and international scenario of coronavirus pandemic and strategies that are to be adopted for availability and distribution of vaccines in the coming days.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that India reported over one lakh new cases. 1,67,64 people have died of COVID-19 in India, with 780 deaths in the last 24 hours.
He said that the fatality rates, fortunately, have come down and right now it is 1.28 percent. Talking about the vaccination campaign the Health minister said over 94 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far and today at 9 o’clock, the latest figures suggest that 9,43,34,262 doses have been given to people in India. In the last 24 hours, we’ve given 36,91,511 doses.
— DrHarshVardhanOffice (@DrHVoffice) April 9, 2021
However, last week we even gave 43 Lakh doses one day, probably the highest given anywhere in the whole world, said Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his concern over the lack of vaccines in the states and questioned the central government that they should help all the states without being biased at such a time of crisis.
He tweeted, “Lack of vaccine is a very serious problem in the growing Corona crisis, not ‘Utsav’. Is the vaccine export right, putting your countrymen at risk?
The central government should help all the states without bias. We all have to defeat this epidemic together.”
बढ़ते कोरोना संकट में वैक्सीन की कमी एक अतिगंभीर समस्या है, ‘उत्सव’ नहीं-
अपने देशवासियों को ख़तरे में डालकर वैक्सीन एक्सपोर्ट क्या सही है?
केंद्र सरकार सभी राज्यों को बिना पक्षपात के मदद करे।
हम सबको मिलकर इस महामारी को हराना होगा।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 9, 2021
The meeting took place at 10:30 AM at the Nirman Bhawan. The matters that have been discussed are important in view of the recent developments in the country.
While ruling out a lockdown, PM Narendra Modi had on Thursday noted that administration was appearing lax in many states with daily COVID-19 cases hitting new peaks.
The Prime Minister urged the chief ministers to strengthen their efforts for the next 2-3 weeks to check the spread of the virus on a “war-footing” and proposed to call the night curfew clamped in many places as “corona curfew” to maintain public awareness about the pandemic.