A year after imposing the largest ban in the world to fight the Kovid-19 epidemic, India should accelerate the vaccination of its population of 1.3 billion inhabitants, while contamination has already been done to overcome a worrisome problem coronovirus Threatens to reduce efforts.
In March 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the country’s total citizens from coronaires to “save every citizen”, but pushed millions of poor workers into the streets, who lost their jobs overnight, then had to leave the big cities. On their way back to their country, some of them die on the way.
Kovid-19, the second most populous country in the world, has recorded more than 11.7 million cases and caused more than 160,000 deaths in total deplores, making it the third most affected country after the United States and Brazil.
Officials have been optimistic about their ability to effectively fight coronoviruses, pointing to the low mortality rate recorded in the country.
The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer has embarked on an ambitious campaign to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of July, but has so far been serious behind vaccinating only 50 million people.
A jump to more than 40,000 new daily infections currently threatens progress as the number of new daily cases dropped to less than 9,000 in early February after reaching a peak of 100,000 per day in February. Sanctions have gradually loosened and the economy has been revived.
But the western state of Maharashtra, which is home to the financial capital Bombay, has once again been hit very hard and forced into local lockdowns and mandatory screening in high-traffic areas.
Health expert Anant Bhan told AFP, “We must recognize that we are now facing an increasing number of cases in many parts of the country and that vaccination should be one of the key aspects of the strategic response.”
The vast South Asian country began vaccinating frontline health workers aged 60 and over with co-morbid conditions in January. From April, all 45 will be affected.
And many experts advocate vaccination of a large population.
“The bureaucratic approach to vaccination” is a hindrance to the campaign, says Anand Krishnan, professor of community medicine at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
Officials should be more flexible, agree to have other experts interviewed by the AFP as well, and facilitate access to vaccines for the poorest and oldest populations in private establishments.
According to him, it is necessary to educate communities on the need for vaccination to overcome reluctance. It is also necessary to solve the endemic difficulties of the underdeveloped health system.
Approximately three million vaccinations have been added per day compared to the original plan, but the campaign remains behind the government’s goal.
Gautam Menon, professor of physics and biology at Ashoka University (Haryana, North), said, “We should take one million vaccinations a day.” Long term “.
According to experts, vaccination operations can be placed in the most affected areas to prevent a new wave of contamination. He says that the government should not rely solely on its government application so that people can get vaccinated in a country where access to the Internet and cell phones is in a democratic way.
But they also remember that barrier gestures are more necessary than ever and warn against mass ceremonies, religious, political and others. Because, it should be put like Mr. Bhan: “Vaccines are not some kind of magic solution”.