India’s medical students can be trained to vaccinate half the population against COVID-19 by Dec 2021

India’s medical students can be trained to vaccinate half the population against COVID-19 by Dec 2021

By Manjeera Gowravaram, Madhura Lohia and Sameer Wagle

Given that a  COVID-19 vaccine is expected to become available in limited quantities from April 2021, India must have a strategy in mind to vaccinate the population in the shortest possible time. We propose that COVID-19 vaccination be carried out in a mission mode – ‘National COVID Vaccination Mission’ (NCVM) – similar to the exercise of holding the General Election, with a target to cover 5o percent of the population (approximately 70 crore) by December 2021.

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The authors are participants in Takshashila Institution’s GCPP Health and Life Science programme

The views expressed above are the author’s own and do not represent Takshashila Institution’s recommendations.