New Delhi: Congress’ Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released a white paper on the government at the Centre’s management of Covid-19 and said that the aim of this white paper is not finger-pointing at the government but to help the nation prepare for the possible third wave of the coronavirus infection. Addressing the media during a live session on his Twitter handle, the Congress leader said, “The whole country knows that a third wave will strike. It’s clear that the management of the first and second wave of COVID was disastrous, and we’ve tried to point out the reasons behind it. I would even go so far as to say that there might be waves even after the third wave of COVID19 as the virus is mutating.”Also Read - UP Becomes First State to Clock 5 Crore Vaccination Mark As India Administers Over 48 crore Doses So Far
Gandhi who has been critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic right from the beginning of the first and second wave said that the white paper was indeed a “blueprint on how to react to the third wave… to provide the government with information and insight on what went wrong (during the second wave)”. He said that this is our intention to provide the government the insights on what to be done. He asserted, “I would even go so far as to say that there might be waves even after the third wave of Covid-19 as the virus is mutating”. Also Read - Odisha: Bhubaneshwar Claims to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
“It is pretty clear the third wave is coming. The virus is constantly mutating. And the aim of this white paper is to show the road (ahead). We have discussed it with experts and developed four pillars,” he said. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown: Section 144 Imposed in Mumbai, BMC Says Night Curfew to Continue Till 5 AM Daily | Full List of Guidelines Here
“Central pillar is vaccination. It is very important that we cross the bridge of 100 percent vaccination as soon as possible. The government must be prepared… have hospitals, oxygen, meds ready,” added the Congress leader. COVID-19 vaccinations should be done on war footing and as a mission, added the former Congress president.
Speaking further on the vaccination process and India vaccinating 86.16 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday (record highest single-day coverage till now), Gandhi said, “Yes, good work has happened yesterday, but this is not a series of events. But govt has to make this process work not just for one day but every day until we’ve vaccinated our whole population.”
Stressing on providing financial assistance to the people, the Congress leader urged the government to implement the NYAY scheme and come up with Covid fund to provide monetary support to people who lost their kin due to the pandemic. He also added,” The government must treat all states equally for COVID-19 vaccinations, they should not be viewed as BJP or opposition states.”