COVID-19 vaccines: Too many hurdles, still

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Vaccination is the only way we can control the pandemic. Synopsis: The road to complete vaccination in India is riddled with various challenges. Where we are going wrong and what can be done! Background Here is how things have gone so far wrt vaccination drive in India: Development of indigenous… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccines: Too many hurdles, still

Need to work with country on vax passport | CoWin platform is an inclusive system

Relevance: Few key points related to CoWIN platform   Synopsis: India’s online vaccination platform CoWin has come a long way. With the return to centralized vaccine procurement beginning 21 June, the government is constantly fine-tuning the platform for the mass adult immunization drive.  Key points:  Addressing the rural-urban divide: About 53% of vaccine doses given in the country are in rural India,… Continue reading Need to work with country on vax passport | CoWin platform is an inclusive system

Free foodgrain supply until Nov to cost over ₹67,200 cr

What is the News? Cabinet has approved key decisions related to food grains, merger of CWC and CRWC and deal with Caribbean Island Nations on Tax matters. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKY) It was announced as part of the relief package during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim: To ensure sufficient food for the… Continue reading Free foodgrain supply until Nov to cost over ₹67,200 cr

Counting the dead

Context: Undercounting of COVID-related deaths in India  What is the issue?  Due to gaps in the civil registration data, the actual death toll due to COVID is still a mystery. There’s no way to know it because the aggregated all-India civil registration data is only available until 2018.  What is the impact of lack of data? Or… Continue reading Counting the dead