West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee writes to the PM Modi, requesting him to facilitate the augmentation of the medical system on the vaccine shortage. She has urged the central government to speed up the supply of vaccines from global manufacturers.
The sudden spike in the number of Covid 19 cases in West Bengal pressured the newly elected Chief Minister to write a letter seeking help from the real executive head of the state.
In her new letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Bengal focused on the need for an increased supply of the vaccines. She highlighted that the supply and distribution of the Covid 19 vaccine in India are “extremely inadequate” and “insignificant”.
The real antidote to this unprecedented crisis is the availability of vaccines in the nation. The large population of India and the lacking health infrastructure demand to draw the attention of the central government. The CEO of Serum Institute, Adar Poonawalla said that the countries shortage of vaccines will continue till July.
Globally there are many manufacturers, India should import vaccines from the global arena.
“…it is possible for us in this country to speedily import vaccine from those ends across different parts of the world,” she writes to Prime Minister.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has also asked the Prime Minister to provide the donors and agencies with an exemption from GST which will remove the supply constraints in the state in her previous letter to the Prime Minister.
“Many of the donors and agencies have approached the state government to consider exemption of these items from custom duty/SGST/CGST/IGST,” she requested to waive off the charges in the letter to the Prime Minister.
A large number of benevolent organisations, donors, and agencies have come forward to donate life-saving medical equipment like oxygen concentrates, cylinders, tankers containing Covid 19 drugs. Due to the lacking health infrastructure in the state of Bengal, the state needs the immediate attention of the Central government in supplying the Covid 19 vaccines.
She added that the national players could be inspired to increase the bulk production of vaccines. The Chief Minister is ready to provide land and support to manufacturers in /franchise operation for authentic vaccine manufacturing.
She says, “liberal proactive and discerning import of vaccination is the paramount need today”.