Keep COVID-19 vaccine affordable: Former PM Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda Friday suggested the Centre to make coronavirus vaccine affordable to all.

“The cost of the vaccine should be kept affordable. For the economically vulnerable, the government should even consider offering it for free,” Janata Dal (Secular) supremo Deve Gowda suggested during the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme against would begin as soon as a go-ahead from scientists is given, and asserted that healthcare workers involved in treating coronavirus patients, frontline workers and old people suffering from serious conditions would be inoculated on priority.

Former PM further suggested that the responsibility for long term storage of vaccines, once approved, should be passed on to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

“They should tell us how to convert any room into a cold storage facility with an inexpensive assembly unit,” Gowda told PM Modi.