In letter to PM Modi, Manmohan’s 5-point remedy to tackle Covid crisis | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting five ways the government can fight the pandemic amid surge in Covid-19 cases.
The former Prime Minister stressed that the expansion of Covid vaccination programme big part of pandemic management.
He suggested that we must resist temptation to look at absolute numbers vaccinated and instead focus on percentage of population vaccinated.
“The government should publicise what are the firm orders for doses placed on different vaccine producers and accepted for delivery over the next six months. If we want to vaccinate a target number in this period, we should place enough orders in advance so that producers can adhere to an agreed schedule of supply,” Manmohan Singh said.
“The government should indicate how this expected supply will be distributed across states based on a transparent formula. The central government could retain 10 per cent for distribution based on emergency needs, but other than that, states should have a clear signal of likely availability so that they can plan their roll out,” he added.
He further said that the states should be given some flexibility to define categories of frontline workers who can be vaccinated even if they are below 45 years of age.
He also urged the government to proactively support vaccine producers to expand their manufacturing facilities quickly by providing funds and other concessions.
“Since domestic supplies are limited, any vaccine that has been cleared for use by credible authorities such as the European Medical Agency or the USFDA, should be allowed to be imported without insisting on domestic bridging trials,” he said.
India on Sunday reported a record single-day rise of 2,61,500 Covid-19 cases. While the death toll increased to 1,77,150 with a record 1,501 new fatalities, active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark.

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