Hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks on COVID-19 vaccines, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the Delhi Chief Minister should stop giving excuses and indulging in politics on the issue.
Mr Javadekar said: "Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does politics in name of Delhi every day. Now, he has demanded vaccines from the Centre for Delhi. Yesterday, he stated that 50 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till now. Who gave these vaccines to Delhi? The Centre has made available 20 crore doses administered till now including in Delhi."
He said Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has given a blueprint on how adults will be vaccinated before December, 2021.
"Kejriwal first complained about the scarcity of oxygen. Then he said Delhi has excess oxygen. There is equitable distribution of vaccines across the country. In future, the Centre will make these vaccines available to Delhi. I want to tell Kejriwal that he should stop giving excuses," he added.
Arvind Kejriwal today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that Delhi requires 80 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses per month to inoculate the people of the national capital in three months.
The Chief Minister, in his letter, mentioned that the national capital received just 16 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in May.
"In this pace, vaccinating the adult population will take 30 months," Mr Kejriwal stated in his letter.
The Delhi Chief Minister also said that COVID-19 vaccination for the 18-44 age group will be halted from today in the national capital as the vaccine stock for the category has been consumed.
Mr Kejriwal said that Delhi is undergoing a severe vaccine shortage and alleged that the central government has reduced the vaccine quota of the national capital.