The COVID-19 vaccine is coming to India

Image Source: CNBC

When is it coming?

How will Indians get it?

But the question here is, should it be free for everyone?

So should the Indian government really provide it for free?

Accessibility

  1. It is unlikely that we will get all 1.3 Bn doses for each citizen at a time. In the best case, we will get half of it by June 2021.
  2. So who gets it first?
  3. Given the vaccines are scarce, the effects of inequality will kick in and this might eventually pave the way for a black market and corruption involving bribing public officials for access.

Overconsumption

  1. Just because it’s free, people who are not technically ‘at-risk’ will want the vaccine just out of a simple bandwagon effect.
  2. And the thing to keep in mind is that we still don’t know the long-term effects of this vaccine on humans due to the expedited rate of the clinical trials.

So what’s the solution?

  • Healthcare professionals and front-line workers engaged in treating Covid-19 patients
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • A ‘ring-vaccination strategy’ covering major covid clusters to avoid the spread of the virus
  • ‘At-risk’ people with comorbidities under the age of 65
  • Pregnant women, infants and toddlers

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