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May 24, 2021 12:54
Why is India 'Late to the Table' in buying vaccines?

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Though India is presented and named as the biggest manufacturer of vaccinations, there is a huge shortage of vaccines all over. The process of mass vaccination is delayed by months. Several people who received their first dose of coronavirus vaccination are yet to receive the second shot and are waiting for the arrival of vaccination. Dr Gagandeep Kang, a top virologist says that India is Late to the Table in producing or procuring the vaccination doses. She says that the rest of the world is purchasing vaccinations and initiated mass vaccination process. Several Indian states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha have welcomed global tenders for coronavirus vaccine to beat the crisis currently.

Most of the vaccination centers are shut as there are no vaccines available. The government should take a risk and make financial investments to beat the crisis. The move of India in procuring vaccines is criticized badly. Several countries like the United States, United Kingdom have invested big amounts instead of small purchases. The United States and the European Union pre-ordered 700 million doses of coronavirus vaccines but they are not cleared for use. India should have started mass production of the Indian vaccines Covaxin and Covishield. The duration of the second dose has been extended as there is huge shortage in the vaccine doses in the country. Hope the crisis lasts soon and the country gets a free flow at the earliest.

By Siva Kumar

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