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MUMBAI Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday said his government would raise issues of COVID-19 vaccine shortage and remedies to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the virtual meeting scheduled for today.

“We will address four issues ahead of the Prime Minister’s videoconference meeting at today’s videoconference meeting. The issues will be: the supply of remdesivir and price control, the supply of oxygen to neighboring states in Maharashtra , vaccine dose shortage and ventilator operational support, ”Tope said.

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Maharastra’s health minister added that according to the Centre’s latest vaccine release order, Maharashtra only received 7.5 doses of lakh vaccine. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, etc. have received many more vaccines than Maharashtra.

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He and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar spoke with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan immediately after the order and called for more doses.

“I have just been informed that the Center has increased the COVID-19 vaccine doses from 7 lakhs to 17 lakhs. Even that is less because we need 40 lakh doses of vaccine per week and 17 lakh doses is not enough, ”Tope added.

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He added that instead of providing vaccines to other countries, provide them first to our own states. Maharashtra wants at least 40 lakh vaccine doses each week.

“The center is helping us but it is not helping us as it should,” the minister added.

“We are still waiting. We want 1.6 million doses of vaccine per month and 40 lakh per week because we are vaccinating 6 lakh per day,” the minister said.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will attend a meeting on the state’s Covid-19 situation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 6.30 p.m. Thursday via video conference.

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 55,469 new cases of COVID-19 and 297 deaths – the highest of any state in India. The number of active cases in the state stands at 4 72,283. The death toll in the state has risen to 56,330.

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