Slow speed of vaccination and "variant if concern"

Eleven days since the Union government allowed states to vaccinate their 18-44 year-old population, fewer than 25 lakh youths have got the shot across the country . Grappling with a vaccine shortage, some states (like Kerala ) haven't started the vaccination drive. The centre on on Tuesday also insisted that those eligible for the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine shoukd be given priority and that vaccination wastage should be minimised. 
The matter of great concern is that the World Health organisation (WHO), on Monday, classified the Indian Corona virus strain a " a variant of global concern", elevating it from from a "variant of interest." The Indian variant of the virus has likely led to an explosion of casesand new data is showing it's more transmissible and more likely to evade the the immune system. In this present scenario, the gaping deficit between demand and supply after the new vaccination policy kicked off on May 1 appears unsolvable for now. The centre's affidavit to Supreme Court suggests Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech can manufacture 8.5 crores  doses a month, translating into a maximum daily capacity to administer roughly 28 lakh doses. By July , India' s monthly vaccine production may exceed 13 crore doses, offering 40 laks jabs daily.
The variant is 2.6 times infectious. The B.1.617 variant, first detected in Maharashtra last October, is now the most common version of the corona virus in India and at least partially responsible for the severe second wave. And this has prompted the WHO to upgrade its designation to "variant of concern ". Although, there are other variants found earlier like--- UK variant, South African variant and Brazil variant. With India struggling to vaccinate rapidly, it must improve masking and social distancing. Everyone must follow it for the safety.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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