Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said it was ridiculous to have a debate on “need versus want” with regard to the COVID-19 vaccination and every Indian deserved the chance to a safe life.
Rahul’s tweet was in response to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan’s comment at a press conference on Tuesday where he had said the government’s aim was “to vaccinate all those who need and not all those who want the vaccine”.
Bhushan said vaccination drive is aimed at curbing deaths by targeting groups that are most vulnerable. “It’s ridiculous to debate needs & wants. Every Indian deserves the chance to a safe life,” Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.
In another tweet, the former Congress chief also shared a video of police mercilessly beating up a person in Indore for not wearing a mask.
“In the name of enforcing corona rules, such shameful inhumanity is unacceptable to the country. Where will the people go if the police, instead of protecting people, start torturing?” he asked.
Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari tweeted to ask Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to ensure young people are vaccinated immediately. At the Congress party’s media briefing, spokesperson Pawan Khera reiterated the point of vaccination for all and asked the government to approve more manufacturers to have a diversified pool of vaccines.
The coronavirus vaccine is currently available to all Indians above the age of 45 years.