Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda on Friday mentioned that the Covid-19 vaccine ought to be given free to the economically susceptible sections and at inexpensive charges to nearly all of the folks.
“The Covid vaccine should be given for free to the poor, who are economically weak and its cost should be made affordable for the majority of the people across the country,” Deve Gowda mentioned in a press release.
Gowda, 87, who additionally participated within the all-party assembly vaccine distribution held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier within the day by video convention, mentioned the Central authorities ought to bear the price of the vaccination programme throughout the nation.
“I am glad to know that the Prime Minister had recently reviewed the advances made by some drug firms in getting the Covid vaccine ready soon. The stock-taking was essential to give hope and confidence to the people who have been trapped for months by the pandemic,” asserted Gowda.
Modi on November 28 visited Zydus Cadila in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune to take inventory of vaccine improvement.
Deve Gowda, who was the nation’s Prime Minster in 1996-97, received elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in June.
Noting that the transportation and storage of the vaccine would pose a serious problem to the stakeholders, Deve Gowda urged the formation of a high-level crew to coordinate the well timed supply of the vaccine to the folks throughout the nation.
“The coming weeks should be treated with great care to ensure Covid cases do not spiral out of control and put the healthcare system under stress. Hopes of a vaccine cannot be a basis to throw caution to the wind,” he mentioned.
Deve Gowda additionally urged that the high-level crew ought to immediately report back to the Prime Minister’s Workplace and create a community of medical volunteers proper from the panchayat degree, which is the essential governance unit within the nation.
The JD-S supremo urged that the Union authorities ought to rope within the IITs in changing any room into a chilly storage with an meeting unit to retailer the Covid vaccine for long run, as its distribution and administration will take months.
Gowda additionally wished to know if the federal government would purchase the vaccine from different international locations because of capability constraints in making the drug in enormous amount for inoculating over 100 billion folks throughout the nation.
“Should we allow Phase 3 vaccine trials more time to assess its efficacy and safety? How many people are we going to vaccinate in the first round,” Gowda had requested the Prime Minister in the course of the interplay earlier within the day.
(Edited By IANS)