IMA welcomes PM Modi’s free vaccine for all announcement, Opposition says better late than never

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday introduced free vaccines to all these above 18 years of age from June 21. The announcement was hailed by the Indian Medical Association as it might assist in India’s battle towards Covid-19

In his digital deal with to the nation, PM Modi stated that the Central authorities has determined to procure Covid-19 vaccines for everyone aged 18-44 and provide them to states free of price.

“No state government will have to spend anything on vaccines. Everyone aged 45 and above was getting free vaccines and now, those aged 18 will also get free vaccines,” he stated.

Indian Medical Association nationwide president Dr JA Jayalal hailed the announcement and stated that the common vaccination will assist India come out of the pandemic disaster.

“IMA HQ profusely thank our Hon.Prime Minister Ji for his innovative important announcement of universal vaccination for all to be carried out by Government of India itself in this pandemic. IMA is constantly and proactively supporting the vaccination drive initiated by Hon. Prime minister and in this unique moment IMA will strive hard with the Government ,with all our man power to support and carry forward the vaccination to the door steps of every needy individuals,” DR JA Jayalal stated.

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Tha nationwide president of IMA added that, “With this altruistic initiative and by adhering to covid-19 appropriate behaviours without letting our guard down ,IMA is confident we will face the third wave positively ,and keep our country come out of the pandemic crisis shortly.”

Opposition says better late than never

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee known as the announcement a “delayed decision” and hoped that the vaccination drive might be better managed on this part and that there might be no propaganda over vaccines.

Mamata Banerjee stated, “Back in Feb ’21 & multiple times thereafter, I’d written to the PM stating our long standing demand to provide vaccines to ALL for FREE. Took him 4 months but after much pressure, he has FINALLY listened to us & implemented what we’ve been asking all this while.”

The West Bengal Chief Minister additional added that “The well-being of the people of India should’ve been prioritized since the very start of this pandemic. Unfortunately, this delayed decision by PM has already cost many lives. Hoping for a better managed #VaccinationDrive this time that focuses on people & not propaganda!”

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh stated the transfer will carry “much-needed pricing parity.”

The chief minister stated, “Good that Centre has decided to take over vaccine procurement & distribution for the whole country for all age groups. I had personally written to @narendramodi ji on this issue twice suggesting this as the only solution to managing #CovidVaccine crisis.”

Captain Amarinder Singh added that” ‘The transfer will assist Punjab & different states dealing with issues in sourcing vaccine to make sure early vaccination of their individuals. It’ll additionally carry much-needed pricing parity – a necessity in pandemic instances. I’m glad PM @narendramodi has conceded our request.”

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DK Shivakumar, President of Congress’s Karnataka wing welcomed PM Modi’s announcement on vaccine procurement. He stated, “Better late than never. The central government’s decision to take responsibility for vaccine procurement is welcome. Thanks to the Supreme Court which forced the central govt to see reason. Karnataka government needs to focus on equitable distribution of the vaccines.”

Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, nevertheless, attributed the free vaccine announcement to the Supreme Court’s intervention.

He stated, “We express our gratitude to the Hon’ble Supreme Court that after his intervention, free vaccine will be available to all age groups across the country. If the central government wanted, it could have done this long ago, but due to the policies of the center, neither the states were able to buy the vaccine nor the central government was giving it.”

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) stated the transfer to supply free vaccine for all got here on account of the Supreme Court’s criticism in addition to push again from a number of states. The occasion additionally raised the difficulty of permitting private hospitals to procure 25 per cent of Covid vaccines and stated that the choice was improper in time of vaccine scarcity.

CPI (M) tweeted “ #PMModi forced to withdraw faulty vaccine policy in light of criticism from Supreme Court & push back from States. The demand for Free Vaccines had to be finally accepted. But in time of vaccine shortage totally wrong to give 25% to private hospitals – CPIM opposes this.”

Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda reward PM Modi for the transfer

Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh stated the announcement has given the general public a brand new power in its battle towards coronavirus.

Rajnath Singh stated “Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today, by announcing a free vaccine by the Central Government to all the countrymen above the age of 18, has given great relief to the public and a new strength to fight against Corona. I heartily congratulate the Prime Minister for this public welfare decision.”

JP Nadda, National President of Bharatiya Janata Party and Rajya Sabha member, stated “Respected prime minister Narendra Modi we specific our heartfelt gratitude to ji for offering free vaccine to all the countrymen. Modi ji’s authorities stands with each countryman within the battle towards Corona. It is our resolve to supply free vaccine to the poorest of the poor.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath additionally praised the Centre’s initiative to supply free vaccine to all states.

He stated, “It is only because of the sensitive leadership of the respected Prime Minister that now no state government of the country will have to spend anything to get the Kovid vaccine. The Government of India will provide free vaccine to all the countrymen. Hearty thanks to the Prime Minister for this public interest decision.”

BJP’s Jyotiraditya Scindia criticised states for demanding decentralisation of vaccination and stated, “Perhaps, those who clamoured for the States to take complete charge of vaccination should also introspect about the loss that it has brought to people in the last month!”

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