‘Must resist temptation’: Manmohan Singh’s 5 suggestions for PM on Covid-19


He also asked Modi PM to fight “temptation” to see absolute rates who were vaccinated and instead focused on the percentage of vaccinated populations.

Former prime minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh.
Former prime minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh.

The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Pandemic Raging Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemi, where he raised vaccination problems. Singh called for “expanding the national vaccination program to more beneficiaries” to succeed in managing a pandemic.

“We must resist the temptation to see absolute absolute numbers, and focus on the percentage of vaccinated populations,” Singh said in his letter.

Noting that India has now vaccinated only a small portion of the population, Singh said he was sure that with the right policy design, “we can do much better and very fast”.

The former Prime Minister also asked the center to tell about the Covid vaccine order placed over the next six months, and how this would be distributed to America.

Congress leaders suggest that the center can maintain 10 percent for distribution based on emergency needs “but in addition, the state must have a clear signal the possibility of availability so they can plan their launch.” He added that countries must be flexible to define the categories of frontline workers who can be vaccinated even if they are under 45 years.

At present, people over 45 years are eligible for vaccination.

In the list of suggestions to the center, Singh also appealed to PM Modi to help vaccine producers “with funds and other concessions” so that they expanded manufacturing facilities quickly.

The letter came a day after the Congress Work Committee (CWC) held a meeting with the Covid-19 situation. Singh is part of the CWC along with other senior Congress leaders.

Previously on that day, the Ministry of Unity of Health and Family Welfare, announced that India vaccinated more than 122 million people against Covid-19 in the range of only 92 days. The United States achieved similar achievements in 97 days while China reached a similar milestone in 108 days, the ministry said also said.

In the last 24 hours, India vaccinated more than 2.6 million people, pushing the total number of people who were vaccinated to 122,622,590 people, he added.

In the case of the case, the national calculation rose to 14,788,109 after 2,61,500 people were tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of deaths increased to 177,150 after 1,501 people surrendered to viral diseases.


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