Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting five measures to deal with the situation of Kovid-19 in the country and emphasized that increasing vaccination and supply of medicines will be important to combat the epidemic. In a letter written to the Prime Minister, the senior Congress leader said that it should not be seen only the total number but also what percentage of the population has been vaccinated.
Efforts to increase vaccination should be important.He also suggested that mandatory licensing provisions for drug manufacturers should be implemented and states should be allowed to decide the category of advance front people for vaccination so that those under 45 years of age Such people can also be vaccinated. Singh wrote in his letter, ‘Efforts to increase vaccination should be important in our fight against Kovid-19. We should not be interested to see how many people have been vaccinated, but rather what percentage of the population has been vaccinated, it is important. ‘
Emphasis on vaccination The former Prime Minister said that only a small portion of the population has been vaccinated in India. He expressed confidence that with the right policy, we can move in this direction in a better way and at a much faster pace. “We have to do many things to fight the epidemic, but a large part of this effort should be to strengthen the vaccination program,” he said. Singh gave many suggestions in his letter.
The list of frontline should be increased. He said that states should get some relaxation in deciding the category of frontline personnel for vaccination, so that they can make people under 45 years of age eligible for vaccination. At present, only people over 45 years of age are eligible for vaccination. Singh said that some states want to list school teachers, bus, three-wheeler and taxi drivers, municipal corporation and panchayat personnel and lawyers going to the courts in the category of warriors working in the front and hence their age from 45 years Vaccination can be given even if it is low.
Vaccination should be supplied The day before the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting discussed the efforts needed to fight the Kovid-19 pandemic. Singh said that the central government should make public the information about the order and supply of vaccines for the next six months. He said, “If we want to target a targeted number of vaccinations in this period, then we have to place enough orders in advance so that the producers can work according to the schedule of supply.”
Exemption of vaccination to states: The Congress leader said that the government should explain how this expected supply of vaccines would be distributed to the states on the basis of a transparent formula. He suggested that the central government may keep a 10 per cent dose for emergency needs and states should have a clear indication of possible availability so that they can formulate their plans. Singh said that India has emerged as the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and in this public health emergency, the government should support the vaccine manufacturers by rapidly increasing their production capacity by giving them money and other concessions.
Israel’s example He said, “I believe it is time to introduce mandatory licensing provisions in the law so that many companies can produce vaccines under license.” I remember it happened earlier to deal with HIV / AIDS disease. ‘ Giving the example of Israel, Manmohan Singh said that India too can do this work very fast. Singh said that in view of limited domestic supplies, any such vaccine should be allowed to be imported without insisting on domestic tests which have been approved by an authentic authority such as the European Medical Agency or USFDA.
“We are going through an unprecedented emergency and I think experts feel that such a relaxation is appropriate in an emergency situation,” he said. Singh said that a limited period can be relaxed, in which supplementary trials can be completed in India. He said that consumers of all such vaccines can be given such a warning that these vaccines are being allowed to be used on the basis of the approval given by the concerned foreign authority.
He said that he is making these suggestions with the spirit of positive cooperation, in which he has always believed. Singh said, “I hope that the government will accept these suggestions immediately and take immediate action.” Corona virus cases have been increasing rapidly in India since last few days. Since last four days, more than two lakh infections cases are being reported every day. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has expressed hope that the government will accept these suggestions.