It may be assumed that the world's most widely accepted vaccine will not be available immediately after production. So many countries in the world are paying in advance. Whether we can do the same and whether we can take loans in advance for the purchase of vaccines, and if we can, who will be given the money — we should consider these things very carefully.
There has been uncertainty about China's vaccine. The government will surely be able to take a well-thought decision in this regard. India has extended a helping hand to Bangladesh and Bangladesh has appreciated it. But if India has its own vaccine, that is different. If the vaccines are from Oxford it might be reasonable to try to communicate directly with Oxford.
We can be optimistic about the success of the immunization programme after receiving the vaccine. Our track record in immunisation programmes of other infectious disease is quite good. Many countries have not been so successful in this regard. This time the challenge is to maintain the continuity of that success.
It is essential to start preparations now so that no problem arises in management. Necessary manpower, training to build their capacity and skills, necessary infrastructure needs to be built or arranged. Vaccine storage facilities should be ensured so that the quality of the vaccine is not lost or damaged during storage. Not all areas of the country have uninterrupted power supply and adequate air-conditioning systems. This should be kept in mind.
It is important to remember that the coronavirus vaccination programme will be much larger than the current national immunization programme. Every person in the country must be brought under this vaccine. In other words, it is a huge task of collecting, storing and ensuring vaccines for the 170 million people. However, some people say that people who have recovered from COVID-19 do not need to be vaccinated because of the development of antibodies. But it will require antibody testing to confirm this.
Every person involved in the process, from collecting the coronavirus vaccine to administering it free of charge to every human being, ensuring the necessary manpower and infrastructure to carry out every step of the whole process smoothly, must be very sincere. Ensuring transparency and accountability through sound management must be ensured, too.