As Covid cases increase, health experts write to PM Modi

After registering the second highest daily count on Tuesday with 80,000 new cases, India has recorded a single-day spike of 78,357 new positive cases & 1045 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Fifty-four per cent of the total coronavirus cases in India were reported among people from 18 to 44 years of age while patients in 60 years and above bracket account for 51 per cent deaths, according to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Joint Task Force of eminent public health experts has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said it must be assumed that an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus “would not be available in the near future”. They also said that any false sense of hope that this panacea is just around the corner must be avoided.

In a joint statement, experts of the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), and Indian Association of Epidemiologists (IAE) said, “Vaccines do not have any role in current ongoing coronavirus pandemic control in India. It must be assumed that an effective vaccine would not be available in near future. We must avoid false sense of hope that this panacea is just around the corner.”

“Vaccines with proven efficacy and safety, as and when available, should be administered according to the WHO’s ‘strategic allocation’ approach or a multi-tiered risk-based approach.” From graded re-opening of schools to discontinuing the lockdown strategy for pandemic control are some of the measures suggested by the public health experts.

In the wake of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no question hour and private members’ business during the monsoon session, according to a notification issued by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. However, zero hour and other proceedings will be held as per schedule. Monsoon session of Parliament is scheduled to begin from September 14 and conclude on October 1.