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How a presentation by former Trai chief spurred vaccine talks within govt

Former Trai chief's presentation at the PMO in July got the ball rolling

Coronavirus, vaccine, covid, drugs, clinical trials
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According to Sharma’s presentation, cold chain, logistics, technology and payments are the four pillars of the complex vaccine process

Nivedita Mookerji New Delhi
India had just begun to unlock in phases when the first brainstorming meeting on the Covid-19 vaccine was held at the Prime Minister’s Office. It was July end. The country had witnessed a little over 35,000 Covid-related deaths and around 1.6 million cases. A vaccine was still a remote possibility.

According to people in the know, the meeting was called as R S Sharma, then chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), wanted to make a presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on what the government’s vaccine strategy should be, without which India would be in a mess.

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First Published: Nov 25 2020 | 6:10 AM IST

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