Distribute vaccine free to all, Shashi Tharoor from sickbed
New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 condemned the central government’s vaccine policy. In a video posted from the sickbed, Tharoor urged the centre to ensure vaccine for free of cost to all.
“As you can see, I am in bed, suffering the complications of a long Covid infection. I just want to say to everybody... having seen the government statement that everybody will be vaccinated by (the) end of December while seeing the availability of vaccines or lack thereof the vaccines, I wonder how the government is going to get there. I support the Indian National Congress's campaign for a massive change in the government's policy to permit universal vaccination of all Indians within the promised deadline of December, and to do so free of cost,” said Tharoor in the video.
He appealed to the centre to have a universal and free vaccination policy.
"It is unacceptable that this government should be demanding that states, private hospitals and others compete in some sort of market free for all to buy vaccines at different prices, extortionate prices in some cases, when the central government has an arrangement to buy vaccines at affordable prices and give them to the public for free. That was the policy at the beginning of the vaccination drive,” he added.
Tharoor pointed out that he suffered a lot from the virus but don’t want his fellow citizens to suffer.
On the other day, the central government informed that the country will vaccinate all by December. But the uncertainty over vaccine supply continues in India.