The risk of a second pandemic wave in India is looming large as the Covid-19 cases are rising in several states. If the surge continues with the current rate, the world’s largest vaccination drive would not be able to give the desired protection. In such an alarming situation, India should target to cover 60% of the population by December 2021, instead of December 22 as envisaged initially.
We are expecting that the government may now open up the vaccination for the rest of the population as there is no supply constraint from the Vaccination manufacturer side. Several states face capacity constraints in terms of health infrastructure and the challenges can be addressed with the participation of private players.
Nearly 60% of the existing public health infrastructure, combined with private providers’ facilities, would surely accelerate the drive to meet a revised deadline. By increasing the number of vaccination centers across the country, we would be able to optimally utilise our capacity to supply the vaccine doses. There is no point in going slow when people from all age groups have realised its role in combating the pandemic. As the second wave engulfs us, people would be prompt in getting the vaccination as soon as their turn comes.
India saw its sharpest-ever rise in Covid-19 cases this week, with recorded infections rising by 67% and the country logging 1 lakh cases more than the count in the previous week. This week’s death toll from the virus too surged by 41% to a nine-week high of 1,239, although the fatality rate remained lower than earlier periods of a comparable number of daily cases.