Kolkata runs out of vaccines but political activities peak in Bengal


Trinamool BJP and Congress rallies not only raise political temperature, but also risk of COVID-19 infection

COVID-19 vaccination centers have run almost dry in Calcutta in recent days, but political activity has spiked, with major political parties staging rallies and protests across the state.

The BJP held “torchlight rallies” from the party headquarters in central Kolkata on Monday evening. Hundreds of his supporters got into a fight with the police and many were arrested. The Trinamool congressional leadership also organized rallies on the occasion of the Quit India movement, in Kolkata and other parts of the state.

Three months after the elections in the Assembly, the rallies and counter-rallies not only raise the political temperature but also the risk of infection with COVID-19.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) board chairman Firhad Hakim said the center was sending vaccines to the state as if they were beggars. “We received 40 lakh doses, of which we used 27 lakh today. According to some reports, no shipment is due before August 11, ”he said.

On August 6, the KMC released a press note saying there would be no vaccination at 102 community vaccination centers in Covishied and 50 mega vaccination centers. Another note from August 8 said Covishield vaccination centers would remain closed from August 10 until further notice due to the Union government’s lack of vaccination.

Mamata’s appeal to the Prime Minister

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state needed 14 crore of vaccine doses to cover all people in eligible categories, but did not received only 2.68 crore of vaccine.

Lok Sabha Adhir Congress leader Ranjan Chowdhury also wrote to the prime minister to increase vaccine supply.

While the number of new infections in the state fell to 557 as of August 9, and the active infection in the state is around 10,312, the danger of a spike in cases is still there. Metro services have resumed in the city and around two lakhs have been transported. As festival season approaches, vaccinating as many people as the state may be the best protection, experts warn.


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