New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi requesting the supply of 5.4 crores more vaccine doses, a steady supply of Remedesivir and Tocilizumab medicines & supply of oxygen as soon as possible.
In the letter, Banerjee also blamed the influx of “outsiders to the state for election campaign” as the reason for the surge in covid-19 cases in the state. She said that the supply of vaccines to West Bengal has been scarce and erratic, which is negatively affecting its vaccination programme.
Banerjee said that the state government needs to vaccinate around 2.7 crore people and therefore need 5.4 crore doses more. She added that the supply of essential medicines like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab is extremely scarce and uncertain.
“We need around 6000 vials of Remdesivir and 1000 vials of Tocilizumab daily. However, at present only 1000 vials of Remdesivir is available daily and no fresh supply of Tocilizumab is coming, ” she added further.
Requesting the Centre to step up their efforts to ensure a steady supply of these essential medicines as soon as possible, Banerjee also requested the Centre to instruct SAIL to ensure steady supplies of oxygen to the state.
India has so far administered more than 120 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Sunday. A total of 12,26,22,590 doses were given till 7 am on April 18, as per the data. Out of these, 26,84,956 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
According to the Health Ministry, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered crossed the 100 million mark on Day 85 that fell on April 11. The vaccination drive in the country began on January 16, 2021.