Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting five measures to deal with the situation of Covid-19 in the country and emphasized that to combat the epidemic It will be important to increase immunization and supply of medicines. In a letter written to the Prime Minister, the senior Congress leader said that not only should the total number be seen, but what percentage of the population has been vaccinated, it should be seen. He also suggested that compulsory licensing provisions for drug manufacturers should be implemented and states should be exempted from deciding the category of advance frontier for vaccination so that even those below 45 years of age could get vaccinated. .
Singh wrote in his letter, “In our fight against Covid-19, efforts to increase vaccination should be important. We should not be interested to see how many people have been vaccinated, but rather what percentage of the population has been vaccinated, it is important. ”
The former Prime Minister said that only a small portion of the population has been vaccinated in India. He expressed confidence that with the right policy, we can move in this direction in a better way and at a much faster pace. He said, “We have to do many things to fight the epidemic, but the major part of this effort should be to strengthen the vaccination program.” Singh gave many suggestions in his letter. He said that states should get some relaxation in deciding the category of frontline personnel for vaccination, so that they can make people under 45 years of age eligible for vaccination. At this time only people over 45 years of age are eligible to get vaccinated. Singh said that some states want to list school teachers, bus, three-wheeler and taxi drivers, municipal corporation and panchayat personnel and lawyers going to the courts in the category of warriors working in the front and hence their age from 45 years Vaccination can be given even when it is low.
A day earlier in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, the necessary efforts to fight the Covid-19 epidemic were discussed. Singh said that the central government should make public the information about the order and supply of vaccines for the next six months. He said, “If we want to target a targeted number of vaccinations during this period, then we have to place enough orders in advance so that the growers can work according to the fixed schedule of supply.”
The Congress leader said that the government should tell how this expected supply of vaccines will be distributed in the states on the basis of a transparent formula. He suggested that the central government can keep 10 percent dose for emergency needs and states should have a clear indication of possible availability so that they can formulate their plan. Manmohan
Singh said that India has emerged as the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and in this public health emergency the government should support the vaccine manufacturers by increasing their production capacity by giving them money and other concessions. He said, “I believe it is time to introduce mandatory licensing provisions in the law so that many companies can produce vaccines under license.” I remember that this happened earlier to deal with HIV / AIDS disease. ”
Giving the example of Israel, Manmohan Singh said that India too can do this work very fast.
Singh said that in view of limited domestic supplies, such vaccines should be allowed to be imported without insisting on domestic tests that have been approved by an authentic authority such as the European Medical Agency or USFDA. He said, “We are going through an unprecedented emergency and I think experts believe that such a relaxation is appropriate in an emergency situation.”
He said that for a limited period can be relaxed, in which supplementary tests can be completed in India. He said that consumers of all such vaccines can be given such a warning that these vaccines are being allowed to be used on the basis of the approval given by the concerned foreign authority. He said that he is giving these suggestions with the spirit of positive cooperation, in which he has always believed. Singh said, “I hope that the government will accept these suggestions immediately and take immediate action.”
In India, the cases of corona virus are increasing rapidly in the last few days. For the last four days, more than two lakh infections cases are being reported every day. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has expressed hope that the government will accept these suggestions. He said, “Dr. Manmohan Singh has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving five specific suggestions to fight the epidemic.” He requested the Prime Minister to accept these suggestions immediately and take action immediately. “Chidambaram said,” Whether the government accepts good suggestions or not, its action on this letter will be known. The government’s action will also reveal whether the government is serious about preventing the epidemic from spreading. ”
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