(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Herd Immunity & Economy

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Herd Immunity & Economy

Topic: Herd Immunity & Economy

Guest:

  • Ajay Shankar, (Former Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GoI)
  • Urvashi Prasad, (Public Policy Specialist, Niti Aayog)

Topic Description:

The Finance Ministry has proposed for holding 24x7 vaccination against Covid-19 in the country for the next few months so as to quicken the vaccination coverage, thereby regaining the country's economic growth momentum. In its monthly economic report released on Wednesday, the ministry said vaccinating 70 crore adults with at least the first dose by September will be crucial to achieving herd immunity, that could boost consumer and producer confidence, and reinvigorate the engines of economic growth. This means, with around four months left till 30 September, India will have to carry out 93 lakh vaccinations per day to achieve herd immunity. The peak daily vaccination rate attained till date is a little over 4 lakh, although that was achieved using one shift of 8-9 hours of vaccination. The proposal now is to make it 24X7 and target more than 90 lakh inoculations a day from now.

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Courtesy: RSTV