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Against BJP's vaccine, but will take Govt of India's vaccine: Akhilesh Yadav on policy change

India Today logo India Today 08-06-2021 India Today Web Desk
a person wearing a hat: Akhilesh Yadav on Covid vaccine Akhilesh Yadav on Covid vaccine

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has taken a dig at the Centre and PM Modi's latest announcement of change in India's vaccine policy and said the move was done looking at the public anger and added that he will also take part in the vaccination drive now.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Akhilesh Yadav said, "Looking at the public outrage the government has finally announced that it would take control of vaccination instead of politicising it."

"We were against BJP's vaccine, but welcome the vaccine of 'Government of India'. We will also get vaccinated and would appeal to all those who could not get it due to a lack of vaccine doses," added Akhilesh Yadav.

On Monday evening, PM Modi in an address to the nation announced that the central government will provide free vaccines to states for all above 18 years starting June 21.

PM Modi also said in his address that the Centre has decided to buy 75% of jabs from vaccine makers, including 25% of the state quota, and give it for free to state governments.

Congress has said although the Modi government changed its vaccine policy, it still doesn't ensure universally free vaccines for all.

Congress has said this goal has not been achieved as people would still have to pay for jabs at private hospitals despite the Centre changing its immunisation policy.

"One simple question - If vaccines are free for all, why should private hospitals charge for them?" Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked.

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