Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted the central government over extending the gap between two doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). In India, the vaccine is named as Covishield and is produced by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII).
Rahul Gandhi, who has been the most vocal critic of the Centre’s response to the pandemic, has time and again criticised it over its vaccination policy. On May 28, he said vaccination is the only permanent solution to combat Covid-19 and only a minuscule percentage of the country’s population was inoculated. He also pointed out that if vaccination continues at the present pace, the entire population will be only inoculated by 2024.
Citing a report from news agency Reuters on his Twitter handle, Gandhi said on Wednesday the country needs quick and complete vaccination against the viral disease and not the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) usual brand of lies and rhyming slogans to cover up the vaccine shortage caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government. “GOI’s constant attempts to save the PM’s fake image are facilitating the virus & costing people’s lives,” Gandhi added.