Azim Premji, Wipro founder and philanthropist, has appealed to the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to make use of the private sector. According to him, this will help speed up the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination effort. He further stated that involving the private sector is likely to help the country cover 50 crore vaccinations against Covid in just two months. He was taking participation in an interaction at the Bangalore chamber of industry and commerce. He stated that the immunization rate will get a big boost if private participation is permitted. He appreciated the vaccination drive of Indian government and said that the inoculations against Covid-19 have been developed in record time.
He agreed that the government was doing the best it could. However, he suggested that private participation will help expand the rate of immunizations in the country. He said that there were chances that we could get the Serum Institute to supply vaccine at about Rs 300 per shot. At a cost of Rs 100 per shot, hospitals and private nursing homes can administer this. Therefore, at a price of overall 400 rupees a shot, it is possible to do mass vaccination of the population.
He added that it was very important for the government to consider this as a major supplementation to the effort. To help battle Covid-19, Premji has donated generously. He underlined how the pandemic had proved to be a “wake up call” to fix public healthcare systems in the country. As of today, more than 1.11 crore frontline and health workers have been inoculated against the novel coronavirus.