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Why vaccine hesitancy should not be tackled through a carrot and stick policy -Sarojini Nadimpally What is needed is better public health communication. Along with an acute shortage of Covid-19 Vaccines, with only 3.3% of its population fully vaccinated, India is also witnessing vaccine hesitancy. Anecdotal evidence suggests people, particularly in the rural and tribal areas, are not coming forward to take the vaccines. While it is imperative to address vaccine hesitancy, superficial attempts that fail to understand its structural causes could lead to more damage. As...

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PM's address to nation: Top 5 announcements in Modi's speech today -Vivek Punj * Centre to take over vaccination programme from states, provide free jabs to Indians aged 18 years and above * PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana extended till November this year, to benefit 80 crore Indians Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a slew of decisions on Monday regarding the vaccination drive against coronavirus. The Prime Minister announced that central government will take back control of the vaccination programme from states and provide free...

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On Covid patents waiver, health cannot be held hostage to profit -Rajshree Chandra

-The Indian Express Innovation in vaccine production can have an impact only if it is accessible to all. Patents and access to life-saving drugs has always been an emotive and contentious issue. The right to healthy life is a moral minimum, and to find a rational basis to deny it is deeply offensive to the idea of life itself. At the same time, pharma corporations and institutions claim patents are a just...

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Faced with vaccine shortage, Punjab govt decides to join global COVAX facility

-The Tribune Cabinet also approves purchase of Covaxin for 18-44 category industrial workers The Punjab government on Thursday decided to join the COVAX facility alliance for global sourcing and procurement of Covid vaccines at the best price, becoming the first state to take such a step amid vaccine shortage in the country. The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting, which also approved the purchase of Covaxin for industrial workers, for whose vaccination...

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Kerala High Court seeks Centre’s response to invoke compulsory licensing of Covid vaccines -KC Gopakumar

-The Hindu Business Line WTO has allowed countries to issue compulsory licenses during emergencies A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to respond to a plea for invoking the compulsory licensing to allow other capable vaccine manufacturers to produce Covid vaccines. The Bench comprising Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan and Justice M.R.Anitha passed the directive when a public interest litigation in this regard came up for hearing. The petition...

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