En­sure speedy ac­cess to vac­cine: Modi

Fo­cus on cold stor­age chains, dis­tri­bu­tion net­work and mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism, PM di­rects of­fi­cials

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day called for full pre­pared­ness to en­sure speedy ac­cess to COVID-19 vac­cines for every cit­i­zen.

Chair­ing a meet­ing to re­view the pan­demic sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, Mr. Modi di­rected that every step in the lo­gis­tics, delivery and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the vac­cine should be put in place rig­or­ously and it must in­clude ad­vanced plan­ning of cold stor­age chains, dis­tri­bu­tion net­work, mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism, ad­vance as­sess­ment and prepa­ra­tion of an­cil­lary equip­ment such as vials and sy­ringes, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease is­sued by the govern­ment.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s in­struc­tions came on a day In­dia re­ported an ac­tive caseload of be­low eight lakh for the first time af­ter one-and-ahalf months.

“The pos­i­tive cases are 7,95,087, while 70,816 pa­tients have been dis­charged in the last 24 hours, whereas the new con­firmed cases are 62,212. Ma­ha­rash­tra con­trib­utes more than 13,000 to the sin­gle day re­cov­er­ies fol­lowed by Kar­nataka with more than 8,000. 837 case fa­tal­i­ties have been re­ported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 82% are con­cen­trated in 10 States/UTs, with Ma­ha­rash­tra re­port­ing the max­i­mum — 306,” said the Health Min­istry.

The meet­ing, which was at­tended by Union Health Min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han and of­fi­cials from var­i­ous de­part­ments, noted that three vac­cines are in ad­vanced stages of de­vel­op­ment in In­dia, of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase III.

“In­dian sci­en­tists and re­search teams are col­lab­o­rat­ing and strength­en­ing the re­search ca­pac­i­ties in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries viz., Afghanista­n, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mal­dives, Mau­ri­tius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There are fur­ther re­quests from Bangladesh, Myan­mar, Qatar and Bhutan for clin­i­cal tri­als in their coun­tries. To help the global com­mu­nity, the Prime Min­is­ter fur­ther di­rected that we should not limit our ef­forts to our im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood but also reach out to the en­tire world in pro­vid­ing vac­cines, medicines and IT plat­forms for the vac­cine delivery sys­tem,” the re­lease said.

It added that the na­tional ex­pert group on vac­cine ad­min­is­tra­tion for COVID-19, in con­sul­ta­tion with State gov­ern­ments and all stake­hold­ers, had pre­sented a de­tailed blue­print of vac­cine stor­age, dis­tri­bu­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mr. Modi said In­dia should make use of its ex­pe­ri­ence in con­duct­ing polls and disas­ter man­age­ment. “The Prime Min­is­ter said that in a sim­i­lar man­ner vac­cine delivery and ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tems should be put in place. This should in­volve the par­tic­i­pa­tion of States/UTs/district level func­tionar­ies, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, vol­un­teers, cit­i­zens and ex­perts from all nec­es­sary do­mains. The en­tire process should have a strong IT back­bone and the sys­tem should be de­signed in such a man­ner as to have a last­ing value to our health­care sys­tem.”

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