Civilian Supplies Minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao (Nani) said the state government is ready to vaccinate 10 lakh a day and complete the whole process in 40 days, provided vaccine doses are available.
The government had already consulted Bharat Biotech (for Covaxin) and the Serum Institute of India (for Covishield), but the companies expressed their inability to deliver the doses immediately as it could take longer.
Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had already written to the center twice to seek adequate vaccine supplies.
Regarding the TDP leaders’ request to hand over the post of chief minister to opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu for a week in order to bring the situation under control, the minister said the people defeated the TDP in 2019 like Mr Naidu failed to develop the state and instead slipped it into a debt trap.
“It is not fair for Mr. Naidu to accuse the government during these difficult times. Those who spread false propaganda should be prosecuted and imprisoned, ”he said.
“Mr. Naidu is resorting to false propaganda about the N440K strain of the virus which is causing panic among people,” he said.