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Congress party held a press conference and criticized the Center for its handling of the pandemic

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday welcomed the government’s decision to immunize children aged 15 to 18, saying the Center had “accepted my suggestion.”

Gandhi tweeted: “The central government accepted my suggestion of a booster dose, this is the right step. The safety of vaccines and boosters will have to reach the people of the country. He added the hashtags “BoosterJab #VaccinateIndia”.

The Wayanad MP’s response came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that India will start immunizing children aged 15-18 from January 3, 2022 and a ‘precautionary dose’ for health workers and citizens aged 60 and over from January 10. , 2022, amid growing cases linked to the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease.

Hours after Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, the Congress Party held a press conference and criticized the Center for its handling of the pandemic given the possibility of a third wave in the first months of 2022.

During the second wave, “The lives of our compatriots were played out. Just before a possible third wave, the lives of our compatriots are again in danger, ”said Secretary General and Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala. He added: “The lukewarm response to the Omicron virus bordering on drifting without direction is even more alarming now,” calling it “criminal negligence.”

Surjewala also demanded that the prime minister take responsibility for his government’s actions. Providing official data, he said the government currently only has 17.74 crore of vaccine available, however, to inoculate the entire adult population, 59.40 crore doses of vaccine are needed. The congressional spokesperson also alleged that 40 Lakh people died during the second wave due to the “criminal negligence” of the government.

Spokesmen for the Bharatiya Janata Party were not available to comment on the case.

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