Wipro founder and philanthropist Azim Premji recently shared an idea that may boost the COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country.
During an interaction at the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Azim has requested Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to engage the private sector in the coronavirus vaccination efforts.
He said that involving the private sector will help accelerate the vaccination drive and inoculate around 50 crore people in just two months.
“I think if the government was to engage the private industry quickly, we could rest assure that we can achieve a coverage of 500 million people within 60 days,” Premji said. “That’s a practicality,” he added.
Premji, who has donated generously to help combat Covid-19, said that the coronavirus vaccines have been developed in India in a record time, and the next step is to administer them in a record time.
While the entrepreneur appreciated what the Indian Government is doing, he suggested that private sector involvement will give a significant boost to the vaccination rate.
“There is a possibility that we can purchase vaccine at about INR 300 per shot from the Serum Institute, and hospitals, private nursing homes, and COVID-19 centers can administer this at the cost of INR 100 per shot. So, with INR 400 per shot, it is possible to do mass vaccination of the population,” said Premji.
“I think it is very important that the government does consider this as a major supplementation to the effort,” he added.
So far, as many as 1.11 crore frontline and health workers have been inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine.
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