India kicked off an important phase in its vaccination drive this morning by roping in private healthcare providers to augment the effort. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the earliest to get vaccinated this morning, which is an important step in pushing back against vaccine hesitancy which can slow progress.
In the current phase, we are moving towards controlled market conditions to drive the vaccination drive. The Centre will procure the vaccines and use state governments, and private healthcare providers affiliated to state medical insurance schemes to carry out the vaccination drive. The price, therefore, has been capped at Rs 250 per dose and the beneficiaries restricted to senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities.
The expansion in the vaccination drive is a good step as it is the only sure way of complete normalisation of social activity. This is a prerequisite to get the economy firing again on all cylinders.
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