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The Mystery of Missing Vaccines -Prabhat Patnaik Large-scale privatisation of the vaccination programme is happening, cutting of low-paying sections of the population. Yet, other discrepancies remain, calling for an audit by CAG. India is facing an acute vaccine shortage. The impression that generally prevails is that this shortage is because while production capacity is slow to increase, there has been a sudden spurt in vaccine demand since vaccination is now open for the 18-44 years age group in...

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India has to buy time to ensure high coverage of COVID vaccination is achieved, says government

-The Hindu/ PTI If the containment measures, COVID-19 appropriate behaviour or vaccination pace slackens, cases can rise again, it said. India has to buy time to ensure that high coverage of vaccination against COVID-19 is achieved, the government said on Friday. If the containment measures, COVID-19 appropriate behaviour or vaccination pace slackens, cases can rise again, it said. Data sharing is going on with the WHO to give recognition to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, the...

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A fatal war on transparency -Aniket Aga and Chitrangada Choudhury

-The Hindu Official secrecy on pandemic policies aggravates a crisis In August 2020, the Modi government constituted the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) as a nodal agency on all matters related to vaccine administration and rollout. Asked under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for details of the NEGVAC’s meetings, the Health Ministry, which anchors the expert group, replied that it does not know where the concerned documents...

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Prioritising the right to life -Harsh Mander, Jayati Ghosh and Prabhat Patnaik

-The Hindu A monthly cash transfer to informal workers will provide them relief and also revive the economy The majority of India’s working population is today reeling from the impact of multiple crises: a health emergency more ferocious than any in independent India; massive job losses and dramatic declines in incomes from work; and significantly increased mass hunger and worsening nutrition. Many failures The Supreme Court on May 13 directed the Centre and the...

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Vaccines bought first using PM CARES funds cost Centre more -Priscilla Jebaraj and Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu Current price negotiated through bulk orders may not be replicable: Finance Secy The first lot of vaccines were procured by the Centre using PM CARES funds at a higher rate than the subsequent rounds paid for by budgetary allocations, The Hindu has learnt from the response to a Right to Information request by a transparency activist. The Health Ministry response said that the initial 5.6 crore doses of Covishield were bought...

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