Who should get the vaccine first? The topic is already being discussed among the policymakers in the government, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, asserted on Thursday.
However, he said that the final decision has yet to take. Outside the government, Bhushan said, the emerging consensus is that the healthcare workers have the best claim. It will then demonstrate that the society and the nation are in a position to record its gratitude for the work these frontline workers have done and it will also eventually avoid a shortage of healthcare workers, Bhushan said.
He further added that the list of priorities is not decided yet. But if such a thing happens, who will claim the second stage of priority?
While it could be elderly people with comorbidities or people without any serious disease who are economically weak. Maybe, the people under the poverty line should get the relief of medicine. These are the questions in the mind of policymakers, the secretary said.
Dr. Poonam Khetrapal, the regional director of the World Health Organization revealed her views. She said that after the discovery of medicine, it must be considered a global good. And, everyone should have access to coronavirus vaccine. To accelerate the fast and equitable access to vaccines, WHO launched an Access to COVID 19 Tool accelerator (ACT), she added.
Dr. Singh said it is anticipated by WHO that the initial tranche of the vaccine will be made available to all countries to ensure health care workers can be immunized.
Dr. VK Paul, who heads the national task force of COVID 19 vaccine development in the country, said that PM Modi has taken a personal interest in expecting vaccine development in the country.
ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava told about four major facets of vaccine delivery. Firstly, prioritization and fair distribution. Secondly, the logistics of vaccine rollout. Thirdly, stockpiling of the vaccine. And lastly, training of health care workers. Adding further, in this context, India will play an important role. Also, India will handle this responsibility with great care.