How will you fight against Corona like this: the slow pace of vaccination, how will everyone get the vaccine?
There is a furore in the country due to the second wave of Corona, every day thousands of people are dying untimely. There is a shortage of oxygen in many states of the country.
In such a situation, the big question is how to deal with it, so the most accurate answer that is visible at the moment is vaccination of everyone at the earliest. But given the current situation, the progress of vaccination in the country is not satisfactory, there is a shortage of vaccine in many states.
- Vaccination is the biggest weapon to stop corona, but the shortage of vaccine has become a big challenge.
At a time when the second wave of corona crisis is creating a serious situation in the country, the vaccine seems to be the least effective solution. In such a situation, there is a need to speed up the vaccination campaign with traditional preventive measures, so that the country can avoid measures like complete lockdown.
While the country’s economic condition was adversely affected by the nationwide lockdown last time, a large population had to be displaced from cities to villages. There was also a massive employment crisis.
Actually, there is a need to accelerate this campaign by removing the discrepancies in the vaccination campaign. After complaints from non-BJP ruled states regarding vaccine supply, the process of allegations and counter-allegations is also going on.
At the same time, the Union Health Minister calls the political rhetoric on this issue inappropriate and says that the vaccine is being supplied in sufficient quantity.
He believes that while such rhetoric affects the morale of the people, it adversely affects the international image of the country.
In fact, due to international contracts, the Serum Institute of India is facing difficulty in expediting the supply of the vaccine. He says that production has been affected due to the ban on the export of raw materials used in the vaccine by the US and European countries.
At present, the US has assured to ensure the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of the vaccine. At the same time, serum for giving vaccine under the International Covax Program
The Institute is legally binding. It will have to provide vaccines to developing countries under the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
At the same time, there is a demand that after the increase in the number of coronae infected in the country, vaccine diplomacy should be stopped and domestic needs should be met first. By the way, last month the Union Health Minister has assured us that the vaccine will not be exported at the cost of Indians.
The slow pace of vaccination
According to the central government, more than 17 crore vaccines have been given in India so far to prevent the corona epidemic. No other country in the world has given the vaccine to 170 million people so fast. But this is insufficient considering the large population of the country.
The surprising thing is that while there has been a record increase in the number of corona infections in the country, the number of people taking the vaccine is decreasing for the last few days.
SBI’s research report on the condition of Corona states that at the current pace, by December 2021, only 15 per cent of the population can be given both doses of the vaccine.
On the other hand, America has crossed the 25 per cent mark by giving both doses of vaccine to about 21 crore population, while England has reached 15 per cent by vaccinating about 40 million people.
Many reasons are being told behind this slow pace of vaccine in India. There has also been a state of euphoria and unnecessary fear among the general public regarding the vaccine.
But the lack of sufficient supply of vaccines is also considered to be an important reason. Whatever the reason, all the world’s major epidemiologists say that only by aggressively expanding the vaccine program with the establishment of a large number of infrastructure facilities, the current crisis will be overcome.
The chief medical advisor to the US government, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Friday that India is going through a very bad phase, but it needs to increase vaccination.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has also asked India to emphasize the vaccine. According to the SBI report, Maharashtra has reached its peak and is now on its peak, whereas it will take 15-20 days to reach the peak in the rest of the country and the main reason for this is also the slowness in vaccination.
The report also cited the Spanish flu of 1918 and suggested that the latter wave leads to more deaths, so vaccination must be accelerated.
Vaccination has now started for all people above 18 years of age in the country. The central government is also saying time and again that the vaccination campaign is going on at full speed, there is no shortage of vaccines anywhere. But the government’s own figures do not match this.
Vaccination has started from May 1 for all people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. So far only 25 lakh people have been vaccinated in this age group.
The state governments have to make arrangements for the vaccine for the age group of 18 to 45 years and the states are constantly saying that the supply of vaccine has stopped, so due to lack of vaccine, about 10 thousand vaccination centres have been reduced in 10 days.
India’s Drug Regulator-Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has accepted the recommendations of the Expert Committee on Vaccines.
That is, now the vaccines of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) can also be available in the country soon. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) suggested importing vaccines approved by the US, Europe, Britain, Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Recently, India’s drug regulator has also approved the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. As soon as the path of approval of foreign vaccine is opened, it will help in removing the shortage of vaccine dose in the country and the obstacles in the way of vaccination for all.
Overall, there is only one way to overcome the shortage of vaccine in the country that it is not possible to give the vaccine to the whole country with only two companies, the vaccine formula should be shared with other companies and many other companies in India should be allowed to make vaccines.