The coronavirus has been impacting human lives in India since march-April. Not only has it infected people in lakhs but it has also taken the lives of many. India has seen complete lockdown due to it and has suffered an economic crisis heavily. But even though there is the hope of getting a coronavirus vaccine sooner, chances is less that the common people would receive it easily. AIIMS director said that it can take almost a year for the common people to receive the vaccine.
The fear is not going to end
AIIMS directors Randeep Guleria said in an interview to a news portal that the vaccine would take “more than a year” to reach the common people. He also said, “In our country the population is large; we need time to see how the vaccine can be bought from the market like a flu vaccine and take it. That will actually be the ideal situation.” if this is true then the fear of the virus is surely going to stay for more now!
The struggles that come after is worrying
Even if the vaccine is invented, the challenges that would come with, it can be really difficult to tackle. In this regard, Randeep Guleria said, “Maintaining the cold chain, having adequate syringes, adequate needles and being able to deliver it to the remotest part of the country in a seamless manner is the biggest challenge.” he further added, “So if we have a vaccine that comes out later and is seen to be more effective than the first one, how do we position it? How do we do a course correction? How to then decide who needs vaccine A and who needs vaccine B? A lot of decisions need to be taken as we go along.”
The vaccine must be made at the earliest and reach out to us sooner
The researchers and the Indian government are trying their best to bring out the vaccine as soon as possible. The Indian government conveyed to many powerful countries that it would help them in the production of the vaccines deliberately. Our foreign secretary, Harsvardhan Shringla said, “Several countries have been approaching us to receive vaccine supplies. I reiterate our Prime Minister’s commitment that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis. India will also help interested countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of vaccines.” If the vaccine is not prepared sooner, then the crisis that the whole world would face can be really havoc.
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- The government is in power because of the common people and hence, it must look up to every possibility to keep the common people’s lives safe rather than only safeguarding the rich and dominating people. Hence, it must make arrangements for common people to receive the vaccine easily and fast as well.
- The cut off price range for the vaccine must also be controlled by the government so that it does not impact the lives of the common people more who have already suffered much due to the ongoing pandemic condition.