Home / News / India /  Harsh Vardhan takes on Rahul Gandhi for questioning govt's move to increase gap between Covishield doses

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday took a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for questioning the government's decision to increase the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine.

Retweeting the Congress leader's tweet, Dr Vardhan said, "The decision to increase the interval between Covishield doses is based on transparent and scientific evidence."

He further added, "Even scholars like Aryabhatta and Aristotle should bow down in front of Rahul Gandhi's knowledge."

The health minister also said that the agenda of spreading confusion over vaccine will no longer work.

Vardhan said, "@RahulGandhi continues to remain lost in a mythical land furthering mythical claims without checking any facts!Protecting family's name and crown is @INCIndia's business."

In another tweet, he denied the news reports, saying "decision to increase the gap between administering 2 doses of COVISHIELD has been taken in a transparent manner based on scientific data. India has a robust mechanism to evaluate data."

"It's unfortunate that such an important issue is being politicised," Vardhan alleged.

Earlier, Gandhi had alleged the government was busy saving the prime minister's image while Covid-19 took its toll on the people of the country, drawing a sharp retort from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan who accused him of making "mythical claims" and politicising the issue.

Gandhi in a tweet said India needs quick and complete vaccination and not the BJP's "brand of lies and rhyming slogans" to cover up the vaccine shortage caused by the government's inaction.

"India needs quick and complete vaccination, not BJP's usual brand of lies and rhyming slogans to cover up vaccine shortage caused by Modi Government's inaction," the Congress leader said on Twitter.

"GOI's constant attempts to save PM's fake image are facilitating the virus and costing people's lives," he added, citing reports that some members of the scientific group were not in agreement of doubling the gap between two doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield.

Gap between vaccine doses based on scientific evidence

The Centre today defended its decision to double the gap between the two doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to up to 16 weeks after three scientific advisers said there was no agreement on such a wide interval.

A report on Tuesday said the government increased the gap last month without the approval of the scientific group that it said recommended the move, citing three members of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) advisory body.

In multiple statements on Wednesday, the Central Government said the interval was increased based on scientific evidence after thorough discussions among members of NTAGI as well as its working group on Covid-19 in two meetings held last month.

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