Issues in Vaccine Procurement Policy

Synopsis: The recent decision of the Centre to solely procure the vaccines for the states has been welcomed by experts and healthcare professionals. However, retaining a 25% quota towards the private sector seems inappropriate and should be reconsidered.   Background: The union government has again taken the responsibility for procuring vaccines for the states under the… Continue reading Issues in Vaccine Procurement Policy

“Revised Vaccine Procurement Policy” allows central procurement of vaccines

What is the News? The government of India has announced a revised Vaccine Procurement Policy and also several relief measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. About Revised Vaccine Procurement Policy: The Central Government will go back to a system of centralised procurement of vaccines against COVID-19. Under this, the central government will now buy 75%… Continue reading “Revised Vaccine Procurement Policy” allows central procurement of vaccines

“Corbevax Vaccine” and its difference from other Covid-19 vaccines

What is the News? India has placed an advance order to block 300 million doses of a new Covid-19 vaccine, Corbevax from Hyderabad-based company Biological E. About Corbevax Vaccine: Corbevax is a recombinant protein subunit vaccine. The vaccine is being indigenously produced by Biological E, Hyderabad-based Pharmaceutical company. Made up of: The Corbevax vaccine is… Continue reading “Corbevax Vaccine” and its difference from other Covid-19 vaccines

EU leaders agree to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines

What is the News? The European Union(EU) countries have gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a two-day summit. During the summit the EU leaders has agreed to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines Key Highlights of the Summit: During the Summit: Firstly, the European Union leaders have committed to donate at least 100 million doses… Continue reading EU leaders agree to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines

Issues in Present Policy of Vaccine Procurement

Synopsis: Analysis on issues associated with the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of COVID-19 Vaccination Background Many State governments have resorted to floating global tenders for COVID-19 vaccines due to Covid vaccine shortage in India. The Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of COVID-19 Vaccination allows states to procure COVID-19 vaccines independently of the… Continue reading Issues in Present Policy of Vaccine Procurement

Challenges in Vaccine Procurement in India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction According to the data from the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, so far, India has vaccinated only 417 million people (less than 3.1% of the population has received both doses). The population of India is 1.3 billion. If vaccines require two doses then India needs more than 2 billion doses across the nation.… Continue reading Challenges in Vaccine Procurement in India – Explained, Pointwise

Voluntary Licensing Mechanism for Vaccines Will Ensure Social Justice

Synopsis: Other alternatives available to boost Vaccine supply are less effective. But Voluntary licensing Mechanism for Covid 19 vaccines will lead to affordable and accessible vaccines.  Background Affordable vaccination is the key to achieve global herd immunity and to prevent new strains of COVID-19. To make vaccines affordable there are multiple arrangements globally. Such as… Continue reading Voluntary Licensing Mechanism for Vaccines Will Ensure Social Justice

Why IITs Demand for Priority Vaccination is not Justified?

Synopsis:  IITs are demanding priority vaccination. Their demand for vaccinating their staff and students against Covid-19 on a  should not be encouraged. Background In a recent meeting with the Union education minister, the IIT directors have demanded for vaccinating their staff and students against Covid on a priority basis, so that they can resume classes.… Continue reading Why IITs Demand for Priority Vaccination is not Justified?

India Needs an Effective Vaccine Policy

Synopsis: The surge in Covid-19 cases coupled with a limited supply of vaccines warrants the adoption of an effective vaccine policy by the country. The policy should prioritize groups, address hesitancy and formulate a more equitable distribution plan. Background: The second wave of Covid-19 has shown that the virus is not going away in a short… Continue reading India Needs an Effective Vaccine Policy

US “CDC guidelines” for fully vaccinated people

What is the News? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said that fully vaccinated persons will no longer need their masks indoors and outdoors. About the CDC Guidelines: US’s CDC guidelines said that a fully vaccinated person can take off his/her masks. The new guidelines are only for people who are fully vaccinated. This… Continue reading US “CDC guidelines” for fully vaccinated people