When all Indian adults were eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine on May 1, Postcard Hotels & Resorts, a chain of boutique hotels, went to work to vaccinate its employees. Managers review the country’s online jab booking platform, Co-win, for appointments. Hotel cars transported staff to clinics for up to two hours. The company paid for the vaccines, some of which cost 1,300 rubles (13 13) per dose.
Within a week, 200 employees received the first dose. “We conducted it like an army operation,” said Kapil Chopra, the company’s founder and CEO. “I did it for the safety of my team, which is on the brink of fire.”
With India spinning off Covid-19, which has killed at least 140,000 people in two months, many are seeking vaccinations as a high protection Infectious variants Sars-Kov-2 is now very popular in the country.
But with that clasps are few, wealthy citizens և strong companies և for those who work for them, it becomes easier to get vaccines based on the ability to pay, technical savings, connection with large private hospitals.
“This is the feudal system of India,” said Lina Menghani, a public health lawyer. “In India, the rich always get everything. It is very elite. “Connected people with digital tools who are well-educated and smart enough to run the system are able to get vaccines.”
Since mid-January, India has used a 200m dose, or about 14 per 100 people slow pace compared to previous vaccination campaigns. India recently vaccinated 110 million children against polio in just three days.
But the push for the Covid-19 vaccine in India is limited by a severe shortage of pores due to a lack of supply due to undue reliance on virus control. The government of Narendra Modi carried out its first order of vaccines in January alone, with only 16.5 million doses.
“There was some satisfaction that this epidemic was extinguished,” said Swarap Sarkar, a member of the Covid-19 India Medical Research Task Force. “There was no need for vaccines.”
With limited stockpiles of vaccines, India initially ranked the most vulnerable to severe Covid-19 based on age and health criteria. The government bought vaccines from two domestic manufacturers and delivered them free of charge in public hospitals or for 250 rubles. private hospitals.
But as the number of coronavirus և vaccine cases increased last month, New Delhi changed things. Denying any shortage, the Modi government opened the vaccine to all adults by promoting a “liberalized” accelerated vaccination strategy.
In doing so, New Delhi relinquished responsibility for vaccinating Indians under the age of 45 and told states to purchase the clasps for the group. It also allowed vaccine manufacturers to sell 25 percent of their products to private hospitals at much higher prices.
Health Minister Hard Vardan said the policy “will allow large numbers of people to be vaccinated quickly” at their own expense. “In fact, those who can afford to get (blows) at the rate of the private-corporate sector must move forward,” he added.
Today, private hospitals offer vaccination camps in corporate offices, factories, five-star hotels, and elite residences, where wealthy Indians and companies can pay around 00 1,700 per stroke for themselves and their employees.
At the same time, many public vaccination centers that offer free strokes are shut down due to a lack of supply. In rural areas, state-run clinics are filled with technologically savvy urban youth using the Co-win app to provide vaccinations, while less sophisticated locals are closing.
Experts say that such a preference of the rich, instead of scientifically providing scarce vaccines where they are most needed, will deepen existing social inequalities and violate public health principles.
“It’s a complete disaster,” said Murali Nilakantan, a former chief adviser to Cipla, a major Indian pharmaceutical company. “There are no vaccines that will be given for free because the rich take them. You could not justify it anywhere in the world. “