Maharashtra govt claims French embassy procured 'non-permitted' Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
State minority affairs minister Nawab Malik also questioned why the Centre cannot procure the vaccine for the general public if the French Embassy can
Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Thursday claimed that the French embassy in India has procured Moderna anti-coronavirus vaccine and it is being administered to its nationals at Navi Mumbai even as only three other vaccines are permitted in the country.
The minority affairs minister sought to know from the Centre how a "non-permitted" vaccine is allowed to be administered to the residents of France and their relatives living in the area.
Malik, who is NCP's national spokesperson, also asked why the Centre cannot procure the vaccine for the people of India if the French Embassy can.
"Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are the 3 Vaccines that are permitted in India by our government. According to information received by me, the French Embassy in India has procured the vaccine @moderna_tx and is inoculating their citizens and their relatives at Navi Mumbai with the help of @ApolloHosMumbai," Malik tweeted.
देशात लसीकरणासाठी केंद्र सरकारने भारत बायोटेक, स्पुतनिक व सिरमच्या लसीला परवानगी दिली असताना मुंबई शहराच्या आसपास मॉडर्ना कंपनीच्या लसीचे लसीकरण परदेशातील दुतावासांना कसे करण्यात येते याचा खुलासा करण्याची मागणी राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ते ना. @nawabmalikncp यांनी केंद्र सरकारकडे केली आहे. pic.twitter.com/hfJmDzmC41
— NCP (@NCPspeaks) May 13, 2021
"Question arises, how can a non-permitted vaccine be allowed to be administered? If they can get it, why can''t Indian government get it for our citizens too. The government and the Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan must clarify," he added.
Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V are the 3 Vaccines that are permitted in India by our government.
According to information received by me, the French Embassy in India has procured the vaccine @moderna_tx and is inoculating their citizens and their relatives at Navi Mumbai (1/2)
— Nawab Malik نواب ملک नवाब मलिक (@nawabmalikncp) May 13, 2021
The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra, of which the NCP is a part along with the Shiv Sena and Congress, has been critical of the BJP-led central government over the alleged shortage of vaccines required to inoculate the people of the state.
Responding to Malik's claim, BJP leader Pravin Darekar said, "There are no exact details available about his allegations. As per my information, every embassy has made provisions of COVID-19 vaccines for its own staff working here. However, the Maharashtra government is not taking care of its own people in the state, but wasting time in pointing fingers at such non-issues."
"It shows the kind of sensitivity this government has towards its people," the Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council said.
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