In an interview with Outlook, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan talks about the preparedness of the government’s vaccination programme—to be put to a stern test once a Covid vaccine is available. Emphasising that the government has been putting together all the disparate details of this humongous planning and logistical exercise at breakneck speed, he expresses confidence that all Indians shall get a COVID-19 vaccine.
India runs one of the world’s biggest universal immunisation programmes. Yet, by comparison, the COVID-19 vaccination effort will be more gigantic. What are the questions the government is considering right now? At what stage are the preparations?