COVID-19 vaccine access strategy should be in place by now, govt's 'unpreparedness' alarming, says Rahul Gandhi
Human trials on various COVID vaccines are currently underway across the world, including in India, the UK and the US
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asserted that a fair and inclusive COVID-19 vaccine access strategy should have been in place by now and said the government's alleged "unpreparedness" is "alarming".
Rahul had earlier demanded that the government clearly define an inclusive and equitable vaccine access policy to ensure its affordability and fair distribution.
"A fair and inclusive Covid vaccine access strategy should have been in place by now. But there are still no signs of it," he said in a tweet.
"GOI’s (Government of India) unpreparedness is alarming," the former Congress chief said, tagging his August 14 tweet in which he said India will soon be one of the COVID-19 vaccine-producing countries and the government must spell out its strategy.
Human trials on various COVID vaccines are currently underway across the world, including in India.
The Centre has set up an expert committee to engage with all stakeholders including state governments and vaccine manufacturers and its terms of reference include selecting suitable vaccines, their procurement and delivery and prioritising groups to administer them
Maharashtra's case recovery rate stands at 97.32 percent and the fatality rate is 2.12 percent, the department said
Gita Gopinath, chief economist of the IMF, said that compared to their July forecast, the global growth projection for 2021 has been revised down marginally
The official said with 2,840 patients getting discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases rose to 63,88,899