As the country is seeing a hike in coronavirus cases, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill has demanded that the BJP government open the market for private players to speed up the anti-Covid vaccination drive.
Earlier, Wipro czar Azim Premji had also urged the Centre to involve private hospitals so that more people are vaccinated sooner in the country.
“As Covid cases surge in Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Chattisgarh, MP, J&K – BJP Central Govt must open the market for private players to increase coverage & speed of vaccination. ‘Speed & Inject Many’ instead of ‘Slow & Steady’ should be the alpha & omega of vaccination drive,” Jaiveer tweeted on Monday.
As Covid cases surge in Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Chattisgarh, MP, J&K – BJP Central Govt must open the market for private players to increase coverage & speed of vaccination. “Speed & Inject Many” instead of “Slow & Steady” should be the alpha & omega of vaccination drive.
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) February 22, 2021
Premji told Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a post-budget interaction in Bengaluru on Sunday that if the government involves private hospitals and nursing homes in the anti-Covid vaccination programme, about 500 million people can be vaccinated in just 2 months.
Premji added that though the government was doing its best, accelerating the vaccination drive to cover more people at the earliest was important.
“If more vaccines are produced and supplied to private hospitals and nursing homes, more people can be given the shot through mass vaccination in less time,” IANS quoted Premji as saying.
On January 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the nationwide anti-Covid vaccination drive. As many as 1,11,16,854 healthcare workers and frontline warriors across the country have received either ‘Covishield’ or ‘Covaxin’ vaccine as of February 22.
🔷 India’s Cumulative Testing stand at 21.15 Cr today with nearly 2400 testing labs across the country
🔶 India’s Cumulative Vaccination coverage has crossed 1.11 crore
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) February 22, 2021
However, India is now the fastest nation in the world terms of the vaccine doses administered, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, according to the Union Health Ministry, India’s total covid19 cases has crossed 11 million, and 1,56,385 people have lost their life due to Covid-19 in the country.
India is the second worst-affected country after the United States, which has recorded nearly 28 million Covid-19 cases and 491,894 deaths (till February 22), according to the WHO