Hyderabad, August 7: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) secretry jamalpur Bandulal on Thursday asked IT Minister K. Tarakarama Rao to stop politicisation of Covid vaccine.
Bandulal said that said that the TRS Government, especially CM KCR and his son and minister KTR, were trying to mislead the people on Covid-19 situation. He appealed to the people to stay cautious as many experts have predicted further spread of the diseases in the next few weeks.
“Several pharma industries from Hyderabad like Bharat Biotech, Shanta Biotech, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Hetero Drugs, etc., Proven track record of producing several vaccines and drugs. Many companies are into the research and production of vaccine even before KTR was born. Therefore, he must not to do dramas to give an impression that he was playing a key role in the production of vaccine for Covid-19,” Bandulal said in a media statement.
Bandulal asked KTR to explain as to why he should be given credit for Covid-19 vaccine. “KTR was a kid when the Genome Valley was commissioned as S. P. Biotech Park in 1999. Not even an inch of 600 square kms of land in Genome Valley was allocated by TRS Government. Entire infrastructure was developed and expanded under the Congress regime from 2004-2014. But we never tried to politicise the scientific community and never interfered with the research. The Congress regimes only acted as the facilitator and provided all logistic help to the scientists. But KTR is acting too many dramas by trying to take credit for something which he or his government is not involved with,” he said.
“By giving statements on Covid vaccine, KTR is trying to give an impression as if he was the Chief Scientist and the vaccine is being developed in TRS Bhavan. KTR is not even a volunteer in the human trial for vaccine. He is just using his influence to create photo-opportunities with Bharat Biotech chief Dr. Krishna Ella and others so as to take political advantage of scientific research,” Bandulal said.
The Congress leader advised KTR to restrain himself from enacting stunts that could damage the credibility of scientific institutions. Instead, KTR should focus on improving the facilities for Covid patients in government hospitals. He said despite the outbreak of pandemic six months ago, the State Government did nothing to combat the deadly virus. He said instead of preventing the spread of virus, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao focused on preventing the spread of truth with regard to Covid-19 situation in Telangana State.
He said KTR did not respond when World Health Organisation chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan rightly pointed out Coronavirus could not be defeated without carrying out tests at a massive scale.
Commenting on the decisions taken during the State Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, Narayana Reddy said that CM KCR has adopted a very casual approach to deal with the pandemic. “The media briefing of Cabinet decisions clearly shows that the State Government was confused and self-contradictory. By announcing that it would keep 10 lakh Covid-19 kits ready for the patients who would be kept in Home Quarantine, CM KCR gave a hint that Telangana was most likely to register large number of cases in near future. But the same statement says that the government would make