Opp says govt mishandled second wave, seeks vaccine, booster plan
The Indian Express Delhi|December 03, 2021
LOK SABHA DEBATE ON COVID
DEEPTIMAN TIWARY, ANISHA DUTTA & LIZ MATHEW

OPPOSITION PARTIES sought to corner the government over its handling of the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year, slow pace of vaccination and poor genome sequencing of the virus during a debate on Covid-19 in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Several MPs also raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture on vaccine certificates, arguing that all states had equally contributed in fighting the pandemic and in vaccination, and asked what was the government's plan on providing booster doses in the wake of the Omicron variant of the virus.

Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that less than 30% of the country's population had been fully vaccinated and asked what the government was doing to fully vaccinate all adults in the face of the new Omicron variant of the virus.

"You got to know (about Omicron) on November 26. But you started screening at airports from December 1. Last time also we got to know about Wuhan much before, but we acted late. According to Johns Hopkins vaccine tracker, only 27.30% of India's population is fully vaccinated. China has fully vaccinated 76% of its population. What steps are you taking to fully vaccinate all adults? You said you will vaccinate all by the end of December 2021," Chaudhary said, adding that had the government acted in time before the second wave, so many lives would not have been lost.

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