It is quite disheartening to listen to some states complaining about Bharat Biotech’s intentions regarding supply of COVID vaccine Covaxin, a top company official said on Wednesday. In a tweet, Bharat Biotech Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella said the company has already dispatched Covaxin lots to 18 states on May 10.
“18 states have been covered though in smaller shipments. Quite disheartening to the teams to hear some states complaining about our intentions. 50 of our employees are off work due to covid, yet we continue to work under pandemic lockdowns 24×7 for U," she said in a tweet. The Hyderabad-based firm is supplying Covaxin to 18 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi. Other states are Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
Covaxin dispatched 10/5/21.18 states have been covered thou in smaller shipments. Quite disheartening to the teams to hear Some states complaining about our intentions. 50 of our employees are off work due to covid, yet we continue to work under pandemic lockdowns 24×7 for U pic.twitter.com/FmQl4vtqXC— suchitra ella (@SuchitraElla) May 11, 2021
Earlier in the day, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Bharat Biotech has informed the state government that it cannot provide “additional" Covaxin doses to the national capital. The stock of Covaxin in Delhi has finished and as a result around 100 vaccination centres set up in 17 schools have been closed, he said.
“The Covaxin manufacturer has in a letter said that it cannot provide Delhi government vaccines due to unavailability, under instruction of concerned government official. It means that the central government is controlling supply of the vaccine," Sisodia said.
He also said the Centre should stop export of vaccines and share the vaccine formulae of the two manufacturers in the country with other companies for mass scale production.
Meanwhile, BJP IT-cell chief Amit Malviya slammed West Bengal Chief Minister and “CMs like her" who are “unnerved by the responsibility" of procuring vaccines on their own and accused states of “passing the buck back to the center."
On 24th Feb, Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to the Prime Minister wanting WB to be given autonomy to procure vaccine on their own. Now that the central government has decentralised the process, CMs like her, unnerved by the responsibility, are passing the buck back to the center. https://t.co/ErDUOPKidV pic.twitter.com/Dq4oBPnh67— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) May 12, 2021
Malviya tweeted a letter that Banerjee had written to the Prime Minister asking West Bengal to be given autonomy to procure vaccine, and said now when the Centre had decentralised the process, she was “unnerved by the responsibility".