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Union Health Minister Speaks in Defence of Government on Covid Handling

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya defends the government’s handling of covid

Wednesday, 21st July 2021

Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister spoke in defence of the government on Tuesday when he was discussing the Covid-19 pandemic in the Rajya Sabha. In his reply to the House, he stressed on how the country tackled the virus and also helped the rest of the world in the process. He also said, India is now all equipped to handle a potential third wave of the pandemic.

The Health Minister exalted the Prime Minister’s statement where the latter mentioned that there should be no politics over the handling of the pandemic. Mandaviya said, “There is a need to work together as the implementation part has to be done by the states. I don’t want to do politics, but many states have 10-15 lakh doses of vaccine with them. I have data.”

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Mandaviya also shielded the government in its efforts and said at the onset of the pandemic last year, the country was not even equipped with a single laboratory that could conduct the Covid-19 tests nor did they have the capacity to manufacture PPE kits, a situation that has been reversed on its head in no time.

He cited the development of Covaxin in India by Hyderabad based laboratory of Bharat Biotech and said this goes on to throw light on the government’s initiative in setting up laboratories, manufacturing facilities and encouraging indigenous research towards coming up with a coronavirus vaccine.

The minister also pointed out that the government had imposed several days of lockdown last year and had effectively used that time to build proper infrastructure and ramp up the country’s manufacturing capacity. He said, “We built the infrastructure from scratch...Hence the complete lockdown was necessary. Without that the spread would be rampant at a time we were not prepared.”

The minister went on to say, “We not only built the entire infrastructure, but when the world needed medicines like Hydroxychloroquine etc., we sent them to over 123 countries.

While Mandaviya admitted to the fact that there have been deaths due to Covid-19, he added that, “But to blame all deaths on one person is not the right thing to do.”

The discussion in the Upper House had started with the Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge sparking it when he accused the Centre of concealing the actual figures of Covid-19 deaths.

The News Talkie Bureau





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