West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday requested concerning the efficacy of the 2 COVID-19 vaccines which the Centre has determined to make use of in the course of the nationwide inoculation drive and enquired why states weren’t given any possibility to decide on between the 2.
Throughout a digital assembly between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of varied states on the vaccination course of beginning January 16, Ms Banerjee enquired whether or not or not the states must buy the vaccines for individuals aside from these within the precedence class similar to well being and different frontline employees.
Based on an official assertion, she additionally requested if “enough scientific affirmation was accessible in assist of each the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) that are actually being provided by the federal government of India”.
Ms Banerjee mentioned that “states have been left with no possibility to decide on or procure between the 2 vaccines and the Authorities of India has made a particular determination in favour of each the vaccines”.
She mentioned that enough scientific opinions ought to be obtained earlier than confirming the efficacy of each the vaccines and sought a clarification on whether or not there was any aspect impact of the vaccines.
Later, she was assured by Niti Aayog member Prof (Dr) Vinod Ok Paul that each the vaccines are “utterly secure primarily based on the scientific proof” and there’s no report of great uncomfortable side effects.
The chief minister additionally sought “frontline employee” standing for transport employees and mentioned that the authorities ought to present them with the COVID-19 vaccine.
At the assembly, she assured the prime minister that the state authorities is absolutely ready for the vaccination train and varied committees have been shaped to deal with the method, the assertion mentioned.
She additionally knowledgeable PM Modi that the state has ready enough storage capability for the vaccine, and all 941 chilly chain factors have been totally inspected.
The chief minister mentioned that the state has recognized 44,000 vaccinators and greater than 4,000 vaccination websites throughout West Bengal for the primary part of the train.
At least 5.8 lakh authorities and personal healthcare employees have been enrolled for the primary part and all the info have been uploaded on Co-WIN portal, a web-based platform for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine supply, she mentioned.