The year 2020 has been dramatic in many ways. With the pandemic and onset of lockdown there after, India has suffered a major crisis in terms of economy and human lives. Now, with the administration of the covid vaccine by the beginning of 2021, we definitely see hope for us. But not all of us are lucky enough to be receiving the vaccine. A priority list of 25-30 crore people has been prepared who will be administered the vaccine in the first phase.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan implies hope
In a recent interview with a public news channel, our union minister Harsh Vardhan confirmed that India is going to receive covid 19 vaccines at the beginning of 2021. He also stated that by September 2021, almost 25-30 crores of Indians will be admitted with the covid 19 vaccine, if all goes well. The priority group who are to receive the vaccine in the first phase includes healthcare professionals, frontline workers, senior citizens, and people the age of above 50, people with disabilities, and similar groups.
India’s recovery rate is praiseworthy
After a nationwide lockdown for almost 6-7 months, we saw the lockdown being shifted in many places. But the coronavirus cases refuse to die down even after so many safety precautions being carried out. And again, night curfews and complete shutdown have been carried out in many states. But the hope remains high for us as the recovery rate of the corona patient is very high. In fact, our recovery rate is the highest in the whole world. It is expected that with the introduction of vaccines, our recovery rate will increase more.
Is the vaccine enough?
Even though there is news of the invention of vaccines from all over the world with almost 30 vaccines under trial phase, many health professionals fear that the vaccine would not be enough to protect people from the corona virus. It is only our natural immunity powers and following the safety precautions that would make the situation better. As nothing in detail has been known about the coronavirus, the introduction of vaccination may not wash off the virus completely. It can only be able to control the deadly situation to make it normal for us all.
The Policy Times suggestion
- It is indeed a good step to identify the priority groups who will get the vaccine in the first place. But at the same time, the government has to ensure that no misleading takes place during the administration.
- There can be instances where political leaders might influence vaccine administrators and get away with a whole lot of vaccines. Thus, this should be checked by the governing officials to keep transparency in the vaccine administration process.
- The vaccine should be available for common people at a very lower price, if not free of cost. As the first lots of people are getting it for no cost, the government must also try to give to the common people at no cost only.