APCC President S. Sailajanath on Tuesday blamed the BJP-led government at the center and the YSRCP government in the state for the alarming spread of COVID-19.
Addressing the media here, Mr Sailajanath alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had failed to come up with an adequate plan to combat the second wave of infections.
Mr Modi, claiming the availability of the vaccine in abundance, was unable to match supply with growing demand. The existing vaccine shortage reflected poor management of the pandemic, he said.
“Ramp up production”
The vaccine’s makers, Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech, needed more funding to increase manufacturing capacity as infections spread at record speeds, but the government did little to boost production, he claimed.
Elections in different parts of the country contributed to the rapid spread of the virus, he said. The Congress Party had unsuccessfully appealed to the Electoral Commission and the central government not to hold elections when the number of cases increased.
The result was reflected in the proliferation of “positive” cases causing a health emergency in the country, Sailajanath said, claiming that “Mr. Modi and Mr. Jagan are more concerned with power than public health. “
When complaining about the center, Mr Sailajanath said it had allowed the vaccine to be exported to 80 nations without ensuring its adequate availability to the people of the country.
The Congress leader urged the government to ensure that every individual in the country is given a vaccine free of charge at the earliest.