Indian doctor and MP asks Modi not to waste Rs 35,000 Cr on COVID vaccines

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR Congress Party) Lok Sabha MP Dr Sanjeev Kumar Singari (M.B.B.S., M.S., M.Ch) said that the government should not waste Rs 35,000 crore on the inoculation drive.

He presented these views in the Parliament during a discussion on demands of grants of the Health Ministry amid the ongoing Budget session of Parliament. 

He argued that instead this money could be used in improving the health infrastructure in India.

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Dr Singari also stated that the COVID vaccine drive is a waste of money, as it is not possible to vaccinate every single person.

He believed that this vaccination drive would be able to protect people against infection for 6-9 months only.

“After 6-9 months Rs 35,000 will be evaporated.” 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing Indians, underlined the need to scale up RT-PCR tests so that new cases can be identified as soon as possible and the spread of infection can be contained effectively.

“We have to finish vaccination as soon as possible, otherwise, it will keep spreading.”

In fact, during his meeting with Chief Ministers over resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister had highlighted vaccine wastage in Telangana, Andhra and UP.

“Over 10% vaccine wastage in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. Vaccine wastage in UP is almost the same. It should be reviewed in states that why’s vaccine wastage happening? Monitoring must be done every evening & pro-active people should be contacted so that there’s no wastage.”

In April 2020, six members of Dr Singari’s family had tested Covid-19 positive. He is an MP from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.