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India’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy must be decentralized: Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar


In a country like India, where the demographics change from state to state, city t byo city, and even from one neighbourhood to another, a highly decentralized approach is needed where local governments can decide how to vaccinate the people with appropriate precautionary measures, said by Biocon & Biocon Biologics Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. She participated as a guest speaker in GITAM Deemed to be University organized Change Makers national level webinar here on Sunday.

She observed that there is a lot of confusion and mismanagement in the present vaccination program in the country. She mentioned that migration of industrial labour, elections are the main factors behind the present situation. We need to focus more on cab drivers, construction workers, food delivery boys for vaccination otherwise they may turn as super spreaders, she added. While talking about Vaccines IPR, She commented that instead of IPR we need to focus on technology transfer.

She said that vaccine making is not simple and it involves technology that will take 8 to 9 months to establish. The country needs effective supply chain management, a token system for successful vaccination. She further said that instead of child vaccination parents who are having children must take vaccines to protect the family. She observed that obesity, diabetes are more vulnerable to the present situation. One must practice physical exercise, healthy food habits, pranayama to safely cross the carona pandemic. She said that all vaccines are potentially good and the long replications, data analysis will prove their longevity. GITAM Strategic Programmes Director Nidhi Razdon moderated the event.

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