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Fix the vaccination campaign, make sure the poor and villagers are not left out: Lancet | India News

NEW DELHI: India needs to overcome its shortcomings in the fight against Covid quickly by adopting a two-front strategy to control the outbreak, which includes correcting the vaccination campaign and measures to ensure that the poorest and most rural citizens are not left out, the magazine The Lancet medical has said.
Pointing out weaknesses in the government’s response, The Lancet said in an editorial that, “First, the failed vaccination campaign must be streamlined and implemented with due speed.”
There are two bottlenecks that must be overcome: the supply of vaccines must be increased, with some imports, and a distribution campaign must be established that can cover not only urban areas but also rural areas and the poorest citizens to ensure a more equitable distribution. . The editorial recommended measures to reduce the transmission of the virus as much as possible, while the vaccine is launched.
“As cases continue to rise, the government must release accurate data in a timely manner and explain to the public what is happening and what is needed to bend the curve of the epidemic, including the possibility of a new federal lockdown,” he said .
The magazine said the Indian government gave the impression that India had beaten Covid-19 despite repeated warnings about the dangers of a second wave and the emergence of new strains, in comments that are highly critical of the Center about it. recent increase in Covid-19 cases. and deaths in the country.
“The government’s impression was that India had beaten Covid-19 after several months of low case counts, despite repeated warnings about the dangers of a second wave and the emergence of new strains,” the editorial said, al while criticizing Health Minister Harsh. Vardhan for announcing in early March that the country is in the Covid endgame.
“At times, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seemed more determined to eliminate criticism on Twitter than to try to control the pandemic,” the editorial said. “Modi’s actions in trying to stifle criticism and open discussion during the crisis are unforgivable,” he added.
The editorial also cited estimates from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a global health research institution, which said India could potentially see a million deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic by August 1. .
“The message that Covid-19 was essentially over also delayed the start of India’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which has vaccinated less than 2% of the population,” he said.
The magazine also criticized the government’s decision to allow religious and political congregations despite the warnings, saying these events are “notorious for the lack of Covid-19 mitigation measures.”

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