“The manufacturing (and provide and distribution) of vaccines within the nation is extraordinarily insufficient and insignificant within the context of the huge want,” Banerjee wrote, including: “10 crore individuals in Bengal and 140 crore in India want vaccination right here and now however solely a microscopic proportion has been lined. Liberal, pro-active and discerning import of vaccination is the paramount want at this time.”
The Bengal CM requested Modi to contemplate whether or not “we might encourage world gamers to open up franchisee operations in India and encourage nationwide gamers to go for the franchisee mode for bulk vaccines” and supplied land and all logistics help from the state.
The letter coincided with one other letter to the PM from senior opposition leaders and CMs, together with Banerjee, which demanded all vaccines be procured “centrally from all accessible sources, international and home”. This letter, written collectively with Sonia Gandhi, H D Deve Gowda, Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Tamil Nadu CM M Ok Stalin, accused the centre of “both ignoring or refusing” earlier recommendations that had “compounded the state of affairs to succeed in such an apocalyptic human tragedy”.
The letter urged Modi to spend the budgetary allocation of Rs 35,000 crore to roll out common free vaccination and “invoke obligatory licensing to develop home vaccine manufacturing”.
It’s nonetheless not clear whether or not West Bengal officers will attend a Covid assembly to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi subsequent week.
All district magistrates of zones reporting a Covid spike have been requested to attend this digital assembly.
Officers mentioned the Mamata Banerjee authorities didn’t approve of the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) convening a gathering with state officers with out informing the state authorities.