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Vaccine ramp-up key to Covid fight: Manmohan writes to PM Modi

New Delhi, April 19

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote to his successor Narendra Modi to convey his suggestions on COVID management.

Singh saught flexibility for states to define vaccine eligibility for frontline staff below 45 years, which could include teachers and lawyers, and urged the government to focus on the percentage of people vaccinated rather than the absolute numbers.

In a two-page letter to Modi, Singh said a big part of India’s COVID management would have to be ramping up the vaccine programme, which was the key to pandemic response.

“There are many things we must do to fight the epidemic but a big part of this effort must be ramping up the vaccination programme,” Singh said.

Listing detailed suggestions, Singh demanded the government make public the vaccine dose orders placed with companies and deliveries promised over the next six months.

“The government should publicise what are the firm orders for doses placed on different vaccine producers and accepted for delivery over the next six months. If we want to vaccinate a target number in this period, we should place enough orders in advance so that producers can adhere to an agreed schedule of supply,” said Singh.