18 APR,2021 | MEDC
About 111 million people have been vaccinated in India, and about 14 million of them with both doses. This amounts to just 1% of the population. Clearly, much more is needed. The government has done well by saying that the market will be opened up for foreign vaccines, but that is not enough. The supply side needs to be worked at. If the states are wasting vaccines, as some claim, then that issue should be tackled head-on instead of resorting to blame-games. Wastage occurs for a number of reasons including crossing expiry dates, poor storage facilities, to the discarding of leftover (but medically valid) doses. Investigating these causes and addressing them proactively will go a long way in addressing the issue. On their part, state governments should ensure better local distribution and logistical systems, so that last-mile connectivity isattained. We cannot afford to leave anything to chance. Both Central and state governments have the potential to deliver results, but they need to act decisively.
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