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A costly mistake

Govt should include pvt sector in vaccine roll-out

A costly mistake
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Business Standard Editorial Comment New Delhi
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has poured cold water on hopes of an early roll-out of vaccines by the private sector in India. He said on Monday that approvals for general use rather than emergency use were not currently foreseen. This is a mistake, and will hold back the control of the pandemic as well as the country’s return to normal economic functioning. Mr Vardhan’s reasons have little logical foundation. He argued that if the government managed the vaccine roll-out, then there would be less worry about “some wrong product reaching the market”. If this is a complaint about the

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First Published: Feb 16 2021 | 10:22 PM IST

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