As India crossed 33 lakh cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the Congress leader tweeted: “A fair and inclusive COVID vaccine access strategy should have been in place by now.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the Modi government for failing to have a vaccine to fight the novel coronavirus and said the government’s unpreparedness is alarming.
As India crossed 33 lakh cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the Congress leader tweeted: “A fair and inclusive COVID vaccine access strategy should have been in place by now. But there are still no signs of it.”
Rahul Gandhi, while calling out government’s Unpreparedness quoted his earlier tweet in which he had demanded the government to define an inclusive and equitable vaccine access policy to ensure its affordability and fair distribution.
A fair and inclusive Covid vaccine access strategy should have been in place by now.
But there are still no signs of it.
GOI’s unpreparedness is alarming. https://t.co/AUjumgGjGC
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 27, 2020
“India will be one of the Covid-19 vaccine-producing nations. It needs a clearly-defined, inclusive & equitable vaccine access strategy ensuring availability, affordability & fair distribution. GOI must do it now,” he had tweeted.
India is eyeing the vaccine being prepared by Oxford-AstraZeneca of Britain and Moderna-NIAID of America. AstraZeneca is working closely with the Serum Institute of India (SII) to bring the vaccine to India.
SII is teaming up with AstraZeneca for clinical trials. Under this deal, most of the 200 people involved in the trial have been tested. The government will also ascertain the progress of trials of Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila.
Russia became the first country in the world to launch the Coronavirus vaccine last week. However, India is still waiting for the trial data of the Russian vaccine. Nine other vaccine programs are also being monitored, including of Germany and Israel.