Apart from Bhutan, countries like the US, Bahrain, Israel, etc. are also vaccinating their people on a quicker note but Bhutan seems to top the race. Being the last Buddhist kingdom, it is one of the few countries that reported lesser numbers of covid cases as compared to other nations. Its neighbor country India sent 150,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in January but the vaccination process started from mid-march.
Being the Tiny Kingdom, It’s Easy For Bhutan to Vaccinate Most of its People
Bhutan merely has 800,000 people in its population register. This tiny size makes its government efficient enough to vaccinate a major portion of the population within a shorter time period. The 150,000 AstraZeneca doses sent to Bhutan from India were thus used to vaccinate its 62% total pollution that also comprises 93% of the adult population. Bhutan is just behind Seychelles, which has vaccinated 66% of its total population of 100,000 people. If this continues, the day is not far when Bhutan will be under complete vaccination shield from the virus.
India Still Has Far to Go When it comes to Vaccination
The cases of covid affected people in Bhutan is merely 910 with just one death as compared to India, where millions of people are affected and hundreds and thousands of people have died due to the virus. The priority groups in India have received their vaccine but still, a lot of them are yet to receive their vaccine doses. Though the government is doing its best to vaccinate the country’s people, it seems we are still far from achieving the target that Bhutan or other countries have set.
TPT Policy Advocacy and Recommendations
- Indian government must first vaccinate its own people rather than giving away vaccines to various countries. Because, if its own people are not safe, what’s the point building relations with other countries!
- Also, the government must dilute the age barricade and priority group vaccinating process and make available the vaccine for all the commoners so that the vaccination process hastens here too!