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New Delhi, May 07: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee looking for a uniform vaccination coverage for the nation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday assured her that the Modi government was firm in its resolve to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but in addition flagged greater than 40 per cent positivity fee in some districts of the state.
In a four-page letter addressed to her and posted on his Twitter timeline, Vardhan congratulated Banerjee for her victory within the just lately held meeting elections and in addition requested her to concentrate on conducting extra exams to detect infections within the state.
Referring to her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on “additional necessities for COVID-19 administration in West Bengal”, the minister stated the Centre has been supporting each state “not simply financially, but in addition by way of requisite diagnostics, therapeutics, medical units and different important supplies and companies”.
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He additional flagged a excessive positivity fee of over 40 per cent in some districts of West Bengal and asserted that testing wanted to be considerably ramped up. “Similarly, we are going to want to increase the well being infrastructure within the state considerably,” he wrote.
The letter got here on a day when the West Bengal government moved the Supreme Court looking for instructions to disband Phase-III vaccine coverage of the Centre and adoption of a uniform coverage of procuring 100 per cent doses of COVID-19 from vaccine producers for equitable distribution to all of the states and Union territories free of charge decentralised distribution.
The state government additionally sought setting apart the differential pricing mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines and capping the worth for the vaccines at a uniform worth of Rs 150 per dose. The plea within the apex courtroom adopted letters written by Banerjee to Modi on numerous necessities listed by her for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Vardhan, in his letter, additionally stated that the target of the COVID vaccination program launched by the central government is to make sure that all residents of the nation are lined ultimately, dividing them into precedence age teams primarily based on their vulnerability and mortality threat.
“In accordance with the demand raised by the states, the New Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which has simply kicked off, decentralises the method and incentivises the producers to produce extra. Equally, it encourages off-shore vaccine producers to convey their vaccines into our nation, thereby rising the general availability of the vaccines in India,” the letter said.
He stated the Centre will proceed to present COVID-19 vaccine free to all of the states/UTs, together with West Bengal, for protection of healthcare staff, frontline staff and individuals above 45 years of age calculated on the idea of the common consumption of the state. As on date, West Bengal has been offered a complete of 1,18,83,340 vaccine doses.
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Further 2,00,000 vaccine doses are within the pipeline for rapid provide, he stated. Based on the month-to-month manufacturing of vaccine producers and Central Drugs Laboratory cleared doses projected to be obtainable with the vaccine producers, the amount of doses obtainable for “apart from Government of India channel” was labored out on state-wise inhabitants of 18 to 44 years pro-rata.
The Union well being ministry has to date offered West Bengal with 18.38 lakh N95 masks, 4.84 lakh PPE kits, 1,245 ventilators and 43.5 lakh Hydroxychloroquine tablets for administration of COVID-19 pandemic, Vardhan identified. As many as 5 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) crops have been sanctioned for the state, out of which, two have already been put in and made practical.
Similarly, 849 D-Type and 1504 B-Type oxygen cylinders have been allotted to West Bengal. Out of this, 700 shall be delivered on or earlier than May 21. This whole assist has been offered freed from price, he stated.
Vardhan added that as many as 94,400 vials of Remdesivir have, accordingly, been allotted to West Bengal for the interval April 21 to May 9. The Centre has, as well as, delivered one other 3,686 and 4,402 vials of Remdesivir in two tranches between May 4 and May 5, he stated.
“Meanwhile, all steps are being taken to guarantee elevated availability of home Remdesivir within the nation. On the Tocilizumab entrance, the Union government is making all efforts for equitable availability throughout the nation, primarily based on the energetic case load in every state,” learn the letter.